Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Trouble in Maryland
The attorney grievance commission recently accused a Maryland lawyer of attempting to extort $50 million from the University of Maryland Medical System. This same attorney had settled two prior lawsuits against the University of Maryland’s transplant division.
According to the commission, this same lawyer promised not to reveal problems that the University of Maryland was having if they were to pay him a large sum of money. The commission believes that the attorney attempted to extort payments from the hospital by becoming a consultant with the hospital. This would have created several conflicts of interest.
The Hospital Contacts the FBI
The hospital contends that the attorney’s conduct was so egregious that they contacted the FBI. The FBI recorded meetings that the attorney had with top hospital officials. During these discussions, the hospital contends that the attorney spoke to hospital officials regarding how to make the deal not look like extortion. This included establishing the attorney as a consultant with the hospital.
The same attorney contends that his actions did not violate any law. As of yet, the FBI has not charged him with any crime and the attorney told reporters that he believes the matter is settled. The FBI did not comment on the case.
However, just because the FBI hasn’t filed criminal charges against the attorney doesn’t mean that he isn’t in trouble. The commission will determine the extent of the attorney’s misconduct and set forth any professional punishments. These could include disbarment or the suspension of his professional license.
The attorney contends that his main motivation was protecting other patients from potentially life-threatening situations. He also says that he extended a hand to the hospital because their problems in the transplant unit were a liability black hole. However, the threat of exposing the problem to the media cannot be used in this way. The attorney claims that he had the permission of his client to extend the offer to the hospital.
While this all seems pretty bad, the case against the hospital may be worse. The attorney contends that the University of Maryland Medical System touted itself as one of the top transplant units in the country. Surgeons were typically asked to perform surgeries that other transplant clinics could not perform. However, turmoil within the department occurred amid dropping success rates. Two of the attorney’s clients suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of their transplant surgeries. These lawsuits were settled with nondisclosure agreements. This latest development may jeopardize those settlements.
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