Maryland Lawsuits AgainstJohns Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, MD 21205

According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Johns Hopkins Hospital, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 52 times and for tort claims 43 times since 2012.  The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows: Company: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil (Medical Malpractice & Other Tort), Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-6/8/2022.

There are several other search variations for Johns Hopkins, such as the Johns Hopkins Health System, Johns Hopkins Health, and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. The Johns Hopkins network also includes a handful of affiliated hospitals across Maryland, including Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Medical malpractice lawsuits are the most common scenario in which Hopkins is a defendant, followed by tort claims. As the hospital is based in Baltimore City, most of the cases filed in the Maryland circuit court system against Johns Hopkins Hospital were in Baltimore City Circuit Court.  However, claims are filed in a variety of circuit courts within the state, likely due to the Hospital’s satellite locations.

Some of the major personal injury firms that regularly sue Johns Hopkins Hospital for medical malpractice are: Schochor, Federico & Staton; The Valente Law Group; Arfaa Law Group; The Law Office of Peter G. Angelos; and Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC. If you have been injured by Johns Hopkins Hospital, you should contact a medical malpractice lawyer to assess your claim.

Statistics on Johns Hopkins Hospital

According to Baltimore Business Journal, in 2020, the following was true:

  • 41,445 Admissions
  • 651,469 Outpatient Visits
  • 692,914 Admissions and Outpatient visits
This information is from “Hospitals, Ranked by Admissions at Hospitals in Greater Baltimore in 2020” written by Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Business Journal Book of Lists 2021-2022

Hopkins Lawsuits in the News

In 2020, Dave and Francesca Webster filed a lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital alleging that negligence on the part of its medical staff led to the death of their two-year-old daughter. According to the suit, which to date appears to be pending in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the Webster’s twins Zoe and Emma were born prematurely at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2016.  During their stay in the NICU unit, the twins apparently underwent ultrasound imaging that revealed an abnormal mass growing on Emma’s abdomen. However, medical staff allegedly failed to convey this information to the Websters. Per their complaint, the Websters remained unaware of Emma’s abdominal mass for nearly two years, during which time Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians never indicated to them that their daughter had an abnormal growth requiring follow up visits. The mass was eventually diagnosed as neuroblastoma, a type of cancer usually found in young children.  Emma died less than a year after her cancer diagnosis despite aggressive treatment. The Websters maintain that her death was preventable, and that failure on the part of Johns Hopkins Hospital staff to provide accurate and timely information on their daughter’s health delayed the early detection and treatment that would have saved her life.

Johns Hopkins made national news in 2013 when it was revealed that Dr. Nikita A. Levy, a gynecologist and obstetrician at Johns Hopkins Community Medicine, had secretly recorded the pelvic exams of thousands of patients over many years. Law enforcement eventually located numerous videos and images of these exams on his home computer. Several firms litigated a class-action lawsuit alleging that this sickening breach of trust on the part of Dr. Levy created severe emotional distress for his former patients. Rather than take the case to a jury, in 2014, Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to pay a settlement of $190 million to over 7,000 women victimized by Dr. Levy.


Last updated June 9, 2022

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

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