Maryland Lawsuits AgainstUniversity Of Maryland Medical System Corporation

Baltimore, MD 21201


According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Corporation, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 69 times and for tort claims 40 times since 2012. The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows:  Company: University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil, Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-07/01/2020.

History of UMMS Corporation

Founded in 1984 as a private, non-profit organization, the UMMS Corporation owns and operates a network of 13 hospitals and more than 150 primary and specialty care locations across Maryland. The oldest facility in the UMMS Corporation is the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a clinical teaching hospital established in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary. It merged with the University of Maryland in 1920 and has since expanded into a 16-square block complex in downtown Baltimore, with a secondary campus in the midtown area of the city. Recognized internationally for its training and research programs, UMMC treats over 200,000 patients a year and instructs nearly half of all physicians practicing in the state.

Other facilities contained in the UMMS Corporation include the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute. Several large physician practices are part of the system as well, such as University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Group and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Services. In total, over 25,000 people work for the UMMS Corporation, making it one of the largest private employers in Maryland.

UMMS Corporation Lawsuits in the News

In March 2013, Dennis Allen was admitted to UMMC for kidney related treatment. During his stay, he developed elevated blood potassium levels, which can lead to a dangerous disruption in heart rhythm. To lower his potassium levels, doctors gave Allen a drug called Kayexalate. It works by binding excess potassium inside the large intestine where it is then removed naturally from the body through a bowel movement. However, there are well documented side effects of the drug that in severe cases can result in cellular necrosis (cell death).

While Allen and his family trusted the doctors at UMMC who chose to administer Kayexalalte, their course of action had a devastating outcome. Shortly after Allen received a dose of the drug, his wife noticed blood in his stool. His condition rapidly worsened until medical staff determined he was suffering from intestinal necrosis as a direct result of Kayexalate ingestion. Surgeons removed Allen’s entire colon in a desperate attempt to save his life, but he died just one day after the operation.

Following Dennis Allen’s death, his family filed a lawsuit against the UMMS Corporation. Their attorney, Laura Zois of Miller & Zois, argued that UMMC doctors should have considered safer alternative methods of reducing his potassium levels, such as dialysis, and that he was not adequately monitored for side effects after receiving the dose of Kayexalate. In September 2016, a Baltimore City Circuit Court jury awarded Allen’s family $10 million in damages.

Statistics about University of Maryland Medical System Corporation

According to Baltimore Business Journal, in 2018, the following was true:

  • 789 beds, licensed
  • 29,318 Admissions
  • 257,062 Outpatient visits
  • 286,380 Admissions and Outpatient visits
This information is from “Hospitals, Ranked by Admissions at Hospitals in Greater Baltimore in 2018” written by Maria Sieron, Baltimore Business Journal (November 8-14, 2019)

Some of the major personal injury attorneys that regularly sue the UMMS Corporation for medical malpractice are: Brady Fischel & Daily, LLC, Shaw, Morrow & Joseph, P.A., Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC, Morgan Carlo Downs & Everton P.A., Waranch & Brown, LLC, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., and Pessin Katz Law, P.A. As the organization is based in Baltimore City, most of the cases filed in the Maryland circuit court system against the UMMS Corporation were in Baltimore City Circuit Court. If you have been injured by the UMMS Corporation, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your claim.

Last updated July 31, 2020

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

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University Of Maryland Medical
University Of Maryland Medical Center
University Of Maryland Medical System
University Of Maryland Medical System, Inc.
University Of Maryland Medical Systems Corp
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University Of Maryland Medical Systems Corporation
University Of Maryland Medical Systems, Inc.
University Of MD Medical Center
University Of MD Medical System
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Common Co-defendants
DeShields, M.D., Dennis M.