Maryland Lawsuits AgainstUpper Chesapeake Medical Center

Bel Air, MD 21014

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

According to Maryland Judiciary Case Search, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, entered with that exact spelling, has been sued for medical malpractice 38 times and for tort claims 1 time since 2012. The exact search criteria used on Maryland Judiciary Case Search is as follows:  Company: Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Party Type: Defendant, Case Type: Civil (Medical Malpractice & Other Tort), Court System: Circuit Court only, County: Default All, Filing Date: 9/26/2012-06/17/2022.

History of UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

Opened in 2000 to replace Fallston General Hospital as the primary acute care institution in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center is part of the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) system. UM UCH also includes Harford Memorial Hospital, an ambulatory care center, and several physician offices.

As the second largest private employer in Harford County, UM UCH has 3,500 staff members and over 650 physicians treating patients in Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil counties. UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, the larger of the two acute care hospitals in the system, has been recognized for its expanded pediatric emergency center and its stroke center.

UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in the News

In December 2011, a claim was filed against UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) by the husband and children of a patient who received an overdose of narcotics and subsequently died. According to the lawsuit filed by her family, Beverly Gargiulo was admitted to UM UCMC in February 2010 for treatment related to infected ulcers. Although there was no evidence to indicate her condition was life threatening, Gargiulo was allegedly told by hospital staff that she required hospice care. She was then administered increasing doses of opiates, including morphine and oxycodone, until they reached levels reserved for critically ill patients approaching death. The suit also contends that Gargiulo was subjected to painful and unnecessary procedures during her stay at UM UCMC.

Gargiulo died in March 2010 after what her family’s attorney alleged was an excruciating ordeal caused directly by UM UCMC doctors. Not only did they misdiagnose her necessity for hospice level care, he argued, they also triggered her premature death by administering toxic doses of narcotics that were inappropriate for someone with her condition. A Harford County Circuit Court jury agreed and awarded the family $958,258.

Some of the major personal injury attorneys that regularly sue UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for medical malpractice are: Goodman & Donohue, LLC; and Bennett & Heyman, P.A. As the hospital is based in Harford County, the majority of malpractice cases against it are filed in Harford County Circuit Court. If you or a loved one have been injured by UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assess your claim.

Last updated June 17, 2022

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

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Upper Chesapeake Health System
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Benner, Marian