Maryland Lawsuits AgainstHarbor Hospital Center

Baltimore, MD 21225

According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Harbor Hospital, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 33 times and for tort claims 4 times since 2012. The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows:  Company: Harbor Hospital, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil, Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-08/12/2020.

Harbor Hospital in the News

In 2012 a Baltimore City Circuit Court jury awarded $21 million to the parents of a boy who developed cerebral palsy after his birth at Medstar Harbor Hospital. According to the lawsuit filed against the hospital by Joel and Shantiah Norfleet, Shantiah was 32 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to its obstetrics unit for labor induction in September 2002. While a typical pregnancy lasts around 40 weeks, her doctors recommended early delivery because Norfleet and the fetus were exhibiting signs of dangerously high blood pressure. As Norfleet labored the next day, monitors indicated the oxygen intake level of the fetus was decreasing. Despite the rapidly deteriorating situation in the delivery room, Norfleet’s doctor allowed the labor to progress for another three hours instead of performing an emergency cesarean section.

Tragically, when Norfleet’s son was finally born the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, depriving him of oxygen. He was later diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, a permanent condition that will confine him to a wheelchair for life. Julia Arfaa, who represented the Norfleet’s, argued that Dr. Kathleen Ward, the obstetrician who delivered their son, deviated from standard medical protocol by not ordering a cesarean section at the first sign of low fetal oxygen levels during labor. Dr. Ward’s negligence, she explained to the jury, directly contributed to prolonged oxygen deprivation of the Norfleet’s baby which in turn caused his cerebral palsy. After a two-week trial, the jury agreed and ruled in favor of the Norfleets.

History of Harbor Hospital

Founded by Dr. Harry Peterman in 1903, the hospital was originally known as South Baltimore Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. As one of the few downtown clinics at the time with an “accident room,” it quickly gained a reputation as a safe place for members of the community to receive emergency medical treatment. Over the next several decades the facility expanded from a small specialty center to a general hospital with inpatient beds, surgical facilities, and a thriving residency program. By 1967 it had outgrown its Light Street location and transferred operations to a 12-acre site near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The new setting inspired a name change, and the facility became known as Harbor Hospital.

In 1996 the hospital was absorbed by Helix Health, a non-profit healthcare system. Helix merged with another healthcare organization called Medlantic Healthcare Group in 1998, and a year later the conglomerate was rebranded as Medstar Health. The hospital became Medstar Harbor Hospital, and today the 150-bed facility treats over 70,000 patients a year. It has gained national recognition for its orthopedic, oncology, and neurosurgery specialties and is regarded as one of the best teaching facilities in the region.

Some of the major personal injury attorneys that regularly sue Medstar Harbor Hospital for medical malpractice are: Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC, and Schlachman, Belsky & Weiner, P.A.  As the hospital is based in Baltimore City, the majority of malpractice cases against it are filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court. If you or a loved one have been injured by Medstar Harbor Hospital, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your claim.

Last updated August 17, 2020

All data below is as according to the MD Judiciary, As of: 9/26/2012. Data Policy

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