The procedural requirements of a Maryland medical malpractice action are an important part of pursuing a lawsuit after negligent health care. In some cases, failing to meet the filing deadlines can have an adverse outcome, including dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims. In a January 18, 2019 appeal, the court was asked to determine whether the plaintiff’s medical malpractice claims were banned by the statute of limitations.
The plaintiff in the case had suffered a leg injury in a jet ski accident and was transferred to the defendant’s hospital for surgery in July of 2010. Following the surgery, the plaintiff was tested for staph bacteria, and the results came back negative. A few days later, evidence of a staph infection appeared. The plaintiff was then discharged to an acute rehabilitation center in Virginia. After a week at the rehabilitation center, the plaintiff was transferred back to the defendant’s hospital due to the worsening infection. Over the next few years, the plaintiff was treated multiple times for staph infections and ultimately, underwent a total knee replacement in 2013.
In June of 2013, the plaintiff filed suit against the defendants, and the case was transferred to the U.S. District Court. The plaintiff had a certificate of qualified expert from a doctor who was prepared to testify that the defendants deviated from the standard of care. However, finding that the doctor was not qualified to testify as to one of the issues, the court dismissed the claim.