December 2011 Archives

December 28, 2011

Jury awards man $10 million for scooter injury

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A Connecticut man who suffered a tramautic brain injury was awarded a $10 million verdict against Segway scooter company last week for the company's failure to provide a helmet during a 2009 demonstration at Southern Connecticut State University.

Our Baltimore Maryland injury attorneys and Annapolis Maryland injury attorneys have more than 30 years of experience representing victims of traumatic head injuries as a result of another party's negligence.

The Plaintiff, John Ezzo, was a student at Southern Connecticut where on September 16, 2009, Segway ran a program called "the Segway Challenge," an event to benefit the Special Olympics. The program, which was held in the school's ballroom, involved an obstacle course designed by Segway employees.

The Segway employees, however, did not bring helmets and Ezzo, at the suggestion of Special Olympic volunteers, rode the Segway through the obstacle course blindfolded. While riding blindfolded, Ezzo fell backwards and hit his head on the floor resulting in a traumatic brain injury.

As a result of the brain injury, Plaintiff's counsel argued that Ezzo dropped out of college. He became a handyman, unable to pursue his dream of becoming a police officer.

The jury forewoman cited the manufacturer's failure to follow its own safety requirements, which specified that its employees wear helmets while operating the equipment.
The $10 million that the jury awarded the Plaintiff was for non-economic damages as well as his permanent impairment.

Ironically, the owner of Segway, Inc., the manufacturer of the Segway HT also died after falling off of a cliff while operating a Segway. Jimi Heselden died in September 2010 after falling 80 feet.

Insurance companies, such as Progressive, have begun to offer Segway-specific insurance policies to cover accidents related to Segways.

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December 8, 2011

Hospital found liable for botched surgery performed by medical resident

A Michigan jury awarded a woman $2.5 million after she suffered a permanent injury as a result of a resident surgeon's error during a medical procedure.

Our Maryland medical malpractice attorneys have over 30 years' experience representing victims who have suffered as a result of medical providers' negligence.

Surgery was necessary for the woman after she had suffered a miscarriage in which she lost her 14-week-old fetus. As a result, she underwent a dilation and curettage procedure. She alleged in her lawsuit that her OB/GYN informed her that the procedure was routine and that she would be home by lunch.

During the surgery, which was performed by a resident surgeon, the woman's rectum and bowel were torn after her bowel snapped back after the resident grabbed a piece of bowel with ring forceps. Her lawsuit alleged that her doctor never made her aware that the resident performed the surgery.

After the surgery, the woman underwent an ileostomy, which is a procedure to create an opening in the skin to pass intestinal waste. She was also required to carry a bag which collects the waste for a period of three months.

As a result of the injury, she has suffered altered bowel patterns, pain and scarring.

At trial, she and her attorney argued that her OB/GYN failed to properly supervise the resident physician who performed the surgery.

Ultimately, the jury found the hospital that employed the surgeon and the resident liable for $2.5 million.

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