Maryland Lawsuits AgainstErika Nichelson
Baltimore, us 21202
Erika Nichelson, D.O. is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who is currently practicing at Mercy Medical Center. As a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Osteopathic Association, she focuses on providing a full range of gynecologic care with a holistic treatment approach and an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Nichelson also has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopic and hysteroscopy procedures. Although this page is focused solely on Dr. Nichelson, you can find information about medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Mercy Medical Center here.
Based on the currently available data, Dr. Nichelson has been named as a co-defendant in three Maryland medical malpractice cases. These cases are associated with her tenure at Mercy Medical Center. The entire complaint for each case, as filed with the court, is found below.
The first available complaint against Dr. Nichelson lists the following allegations:
- Failing to properly perform a medical procedure. According to the complaint, the plaintiff arrived at the defendant hospital in labor and was placed under the care of the defendant doctor. After reaching full cervical dilation the plaintiff began pushing. During delivery, her baby’s shoulder allegedly became trapped against the plaintiff’s pelvis, an event known as dystocia. The baby was born roughly two minutes later, at which time it became apparent that they were suffering from a severe arm paralysis called Erb’s Palsy. As contended by the complaint, the defendant doctor caused the injury by using excessive force as they guided the baby through the birth canal.
- Failing to prevent patient injury. Per the complaint, additional testing of the baby revealed acute damage of the brachial plexus nerve system in her left arm and shoulder. She was eventually diagnosed with brachial plexus palsy, a condition that can permanently limit arm movement. During an operation to treat her injury it was discovered that she also suffered from neuroma, a type of benign but painful nerve tumor. The plaintiff avers in the complaint that the nerve trauma and neuroma endured by her child were the direct result of negligence on the part of the defendant doctor during the birth process. She further contends that if the defendant doctor adhered to proper standards of care by refraining from the use of excessive force during delivery, the child’s injuries likely would have been avoided.
The second available complaint against Dr. Nichelson lists the following allegations:
- Failing to properly diagnose a patient. According to the complaint, the minor plaintiff’s mother was admitted to the defendant hospital at 30 weeks and 1 day gestation with complaints of contractions and vaginal bleeding. Fetal monitoring allegedly indicated a reassuring heart rate, and per the complaint the minor plaintiff’s vital signs remained stable over several hours of observation. Two separate vaginal exams purportedly revealed the plaintiff’s mother was minimally dilated at 1 centimeter and 0.5 centimeters respectively. Despite these apparently reassuring signs that the plaintiff was healthy and able to remain in utero for further growth and development, the defendant doctor erroneously determined the plaintiff’s mother was at risk of a placental abruption and pre-term labor, as contended in the complaint.
- Failing to appropriately treat a patient. Per the complaint, the defendant doctor recommended an emergency cesarean section due to her concerns of placental abruption and pre-term labor. The cesarean surgery was allegedly performed by the defendant doctor before she had received the results of a fetal blood test to determine if an abruption had occurred. The result of the test was ultimately negative for an abruption. She also purportedly delivered the plaintiff before he received a full dose of betamethasone, a steroid used to advance fetal lung maturity. Neither the defendant doctor’s operative report nor pathological testing of the placenta indicated any evidence of an abruption, according to the complaint.
- Failing to prevent patient injury. The complaint contends that upon delivery, the plaintiff was limp, blue in color, and had to be intubated for breathing assistance. He subsequently suffered from respiratory failure, hemorrhaging, and brain damage. As cited in the complaint, he was ultimately diagnosed with cerebral palsy and will require lifelong care to manage his condition. The minor plaintiff alleges that if the defendant doctor had adhered to appropriate standards of care, an unnecessary emergency cesarean section would not have been administered and he would likely have reached full term gestational age and been born healthy.
Last updated November 11, 2020