Jury Delivers Record Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case
In October 2014, Erica Byrom was 25 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the labor and delivery department at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, MD.
According to the lawsuit filed in Baltimore, MD, the events that ensued over the next few days would leave Erica and her baby both emotionally and physically traumatized due to medical negligence at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Erica was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy condition which caused her extremely high blood pressure. Preeclampsia can cause a variety of different complications for both the mother and the baby, including impaired kidney and liver function, blood clotting, seizures, and even death if left untreated. Because preeclampsia affects the blood flow to the placenta, the condition often leads to small or prematurely born babies.
Once diagnosed, Erica was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD where her preeclampsia continued to be monitored by medical staff. Dr. Emily Hahn, neonatologist, wrote in her report:
“During the consultation, we explained that the baby would be born sick with a high likelihood of death or neurodevelopmental disability.”
“As a direct and proximate result of the deviations [listed above in the complaint] from the applicable standards of care by the Defendant Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Inc., Zubida suffered and/or will suffer the following permanent injuries, among others: Pervintricular leukomalacia, microcephaly, barin damage, global volume loss of the brain, metabolic acidosis, developmental edlay, cognitive and mental impairment, neurological disabilities, seizures, physical impairment, significant conscious pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanently dependent upon others for her care…”