VICTORY FOR PLAINTIFF IN SURGICAL MALPRACTICE SUIT

May 14, 2010
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A 53-year-old Harford County woman won a $3.5 million medical malpractice verdict on Thursday against two surgeons and their business, Vascular Surgery Associates.

Victoria Little underwent surgery for blocked arteries in 2007, with disastrous results, according to her Baltimore attorneys. She filed a lawsuit in Harford County Circuit Court in 2008. And Thursday, after nine hours of deliberation, a civil jury held two doctors responsible for Little’s injuries: Dr. Roger E. Schneider, chairman of Upper Chesapeake Health System, and his partner, Dr. Mark D. Gonze.

Little’s lawyers, James Cardea and Scott Kurlander, claim that the doctors used an improper grafting technique. They say that led to blood loss and various injuries, including damage to Little’s spinal cord, which left Little paraplegic and unable to walk.

Now, I know $3.5 sounds like alot of money, but if there were an ad in the paper for:

NEVER WALK AGAIN –
BE BOUND TO A WHEELCHAIR FOREVER
ENJOY THE CONFINES OF YOUR HOME and
24 HOUR NURSING CARE
(which you must pay for).
Pay – great, $300,000 annually for the next ten years…

Do you think there would be many applications? I don’t.
Glad for the plaintiff however, that at least the jury felt she deserved some compensation.

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.