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Defense verdict in D.C. Superior Court where it was alleged that an anesthesiologist used excessive and unnecessary force along with profanity and demeaning comments when the patient started to move on the procedure table.
Defense verdict in Prince George's County Circuit Court where it was alleged that a gastroenterologist delayed performance of an EGD resulting in delayed diagnosis of a gastrointestinal bleed.
Defense verdict in Alexandria City Circuit Court where it was alleged that a hand surgeon lacked physical findings to support surgical procedures and was negligent during the performance of two surgical procedures that resulted in complications.
Shareholder Lee Rutland was recognized by his peers in forthcoming The Best Lawyers in America® (2018 edition) as the 2018 Annapolis Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Additional, Shareholders David Levin, Daniel Costello, and Michael Wiggins again were selected by their peers for inclusion in that publication in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court where it was alleged that an
internist misread an EKG and that plaintiff suffered from a fatal heart attack.
Defense verdict in Montgomery County Circuit Court where it was alleged that the
defendant cardiologist failed to recognize the symptoms of a hemorrhagic stroke and where plaintiff suffered from
a life-altering hemorrhagic stroke.
On May 1, 2017, the Firm opened a fourth office location and its first in Virginia.
The new Fairfax, Virginia office is staffed by attorneys Stephen L. Altman and Judd P. Altman and their assistants.
Shareholder Dan Costello was
named the 2017 Defense Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Association.
Multiple summary judgments
in Maryland and in Delaware in favor of manufacturers of asbestos-containing brake linings alleged
to have caused mesothelioma and lung cancer in a variety of occupational and home settings.
Managing Shareholder D. Lee Rutland has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the
College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse
backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards
of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Defense verdict in Baltimore City Circuit Court in case alleging the negligent release of 300+
gallons of heating oil into the basement of a commercial office building resulting in over $1.6 million in alleged economic
Defense verdict in Prince George's County where it was alleged that the defendant ER physician
failed to timely detect and appropriately treat a fatal heart attack in a 28 year old male patient.
Defense verdict in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court physician in malpractice case alleging that a
spinal fusion was unindicated.
Defense verdict in Prince George's County Circuit Court for an OB/GYN alleged to have injured the
small bowel during a laparoscopic surgery with the final result being the death of the patient.
Shareholder Bob Klein has published the 32nd annual supplement of his highly popular two-volume
treatise, Maryland Civil Procedure Forms with Practice Commentary (published by Matthew Bender & Company).
Defense verdict in favor of a Baltimore City hospital in 45 minutes after a two-week trial involving
the death of a 28 year-old male who presented to the Emergency Department complaining of chest pain and eventually suffered
a cardiac arrest prior to any assessment by the hospital personnel.
Shareholders David Levin, Robert Dale Klein, David Roling, and Michael Wiggins once again were voted
by their peers as “Maryland Super Lawyers” (2017 edition). Michelle Mitchell and Michael Wharton. Shareholder Timothy Fisher
and Associate Tiffany Randolph again were voted “Rising Stars” by their peers.
At the conclusion of a 9-day trial, a Baltimore County jury
returned a defense verdict in favor of the Firm’s anesthesiology clients in a wrongful death/survival
action seeking in excess of $1.3 million in damages for a 76-year-old patient who underwent an
epidural peripheral anesthesia/nerve block for operative and post-operative pain management for
a right total hip arthroplasty.
A D.C. Superior Court jury returned a verdict in favor of two physicians and a
hospital at the end of a 4-week trial involving allegations of negligence in monitoring a patient's neurological
status following a subarachnoid hemorrhage leading to a severe stroke and permanent severe neurologic disability.
Defense verdict in Baltimore City for a
hospitalist alleged to have failed to diagnose an aortic dissection in a 65-year old
patient presenting with severe chest pain and associated symptoms. The patient was
admitted to the hospitalist service with orders for a stress test and echocardiogram
to be performed the following morning. Prior to the performance of these studies, the
patient died of cardiac tamponade from a rupture at the aorta arch.
After 2 weeks of trial a D.C. Superior Court
jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant ophthalmologist in a case alleging a
negligent delay in the diagnosis and treatment of post-cataract surgery endolphthalmitis
resulting in loss of vision and removal of the infected eye.
Electrical equipment manufacturer dismissed with prejudice from federal court lawsuit filed by industrial plant worker who claimed $9 Million
for personal injuries allegedly caused by product design and manufacturing defects.
Defense verdict in the Circuit Court for
Prince George’s County in favor of a hand surgeon accused of a negligent repair of
the flexor digitorum profundus tendon of the right middle finger. Alleged negligence
was asserted to have caused Plaintiff to lose his job with a resultant economic loss
of over $4 million.
U.S. News - 2016 Edition has ranked
Wharton Levin Erhmantraut & Klein among the 'Best Law Firms' in the United States for the
defense of personal injury litigation.
Shareholder Robert Dale Klein is a
contributing chapter author to the comprehensive book: “Managing E-Discovery and ESI: From
Pre-Litigation Through Trial” published by the American Bar Association in July 2011.