Maryland Lawsuits AgainstKristiina Altman
Baltimore, MD 21224
Kristiina Altman, M.D. is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who is currently practicing at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She serves as director of the hospital’s OB/GYN residency program and is an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Altman specializes in hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and is also experienced in treating patients with infertility. Although this page is focused solely on Dr. Altman you can find information about medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center here.
Based on the currently available medical data, Dr. Altman has been named as a defendant or co-defendant in one Maryland medical malpractice case. The entire complaint for that case, as filed with the court, is found below:
The first available complaint against Dr. Altman lists the following allegations:
- Failing to develop an appropriate plan of care for a high-risk patient. As alleged in the complaint, the minor plaintiff’s mother presented to the defendant hospital for prenatal care at approximately 18 weeks pregnant. Ultrasounds performed over the next several months revealed an anterior placenta as well as uterine fibroids, both of which are cited in the complaint as potential causes of restricted fetal growth and labor complications. The complaint further contends that the defendant doctors noted fetal growth restriction when the minor plaintiff’s mother was admitted to the defendant hospital for induction of labor at term. Despite these known risk factors for vaginal labor difficulties, the minor plaintiff’s mother purportedly labored for nearly 12 hours before the defendant doctors decided to administer a cesarean section.
- Failing to provide timely medical intervention for a high-risk patient. The complaint asserts that while the minor plaintiff’s mother endured a prolonged vaginal labor, medical staff and the defendant doctors noted abnormal fetal heart rhythms on the monitoring equipment. Examinations also allegedly revealed that the minor plaintiff’s mother was not experiencing enough cervical dilation for labor to progress. However, defendant doctors purportedly dismissed these troubling signs of fetal distress and denied the request of the minor plaintiff’s mother for a cesarean section as she continued to labor unsuccessfully.
- Failing to prevent patient injury. Per the complaint, the defendant doctors ultimately administered a cesarean section due to a lack of labor progression and signs of fetal distress. During the cesarean surgery, the minor plaintiff’s head allegedly became trapped behind one of his mother’s uterine fibroids for approximately five minutes, depriving him of oxygen. Upon birth, he was immediately placed in the neonatal intensive care unit and later received treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a brain injury. Eventually the minor plaintiff was diagnosed with several permanent and debilitating birth defects, including brain damage, seizures, and respiratory issues. The complaint contends that if the defendant doctors had provided the appropriate standard of care and administered a cesarean section at the first signs of fetal distress, these injuries would likely have been prevented.
Last updated December 21, 2020