Misuse of Pitocin Can Cause Birth Injury and Uterine Rupture

Not every woman’s labor is ideal. Some women need medication to help start (induce) labor or manage the length of time the woman is in labor. It is relatively common for pregnant women to be administered Pitocin (or its generic, oxytocin) to manage labor. Pitocin stimulates the uterus, helping to produce contractions. The problem is that Pitocin can take up to 40 minutes to fully kick in.

Contractions during labor occur in a “squeeze and release” pattern of uterine muscle tightening followed by uterine muscle relaxation. Ideally, Pitocin helps establish and maintain a healthy pattern of uterine contractions during labor but, if the wrong amount of Pitocin is delivered, or this medication is introduced too quickly, it can overstimulate the uterus and cause dangerous contractions harmful to both the baby and the mother.

If the mother is experiencing too many contractions or those contractions are too strong or last too long, the baby’s oxygen supply could be interrupted, causing fetal distress. If a shortage of oxygen (hypoxia) also causes the fetal heart rate to slow (ischemia) the infant has suffered a hypoxic-ischemic episode. If the oxygen and blood flow to the baby’s brain are interrupted during labor and delivery, even if the interruption is only for a short time, the baby may suffer a type of permanent brain damage called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.

Hypoxic birth injuries can cause:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Severe Seizures
  • Behavioral Disorders

Less often, the over stimulation of the uterus with Pitocin, or Oxycontin, can cause a uterine rupture, endangering bot the mother and the baby and requiring emergency c-section to immediately deliver the baby and repair or remove (hysterectomy) the mother’s ruptured uterus.

Complications due to the administration of Pitocin during childbirth are the cause of preventable injury and death. Our experienced attorneys fight for individuals who have been negatively impacted by the negligence of others. If you would like to discuss a potential claim arising from a birth or birth-related injury, the attorneys at Yost Legal Group are experienced professionals ready to investigate your claim with compassion and determination. For a free consultation, please call The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529.)

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MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale Sexual Assault Claims

MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale, Maryland, Hired Convicted Rapist

Many Women Were Victims of Inappropriate Conduct.

The MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale, MD hired convicted rapist Dr. William Dando in May of 2013, where he worked until he was fired in June of 2014.  During Dr. Dando’s employment at MedExpress in LaVale, Maryland, he came in contact with thousands of female patients. Sadly, it is now coming to light that numerous women were inappropriately touched, had unnecessary examinations, and were put through trauma by this convicted felon.

Dr. Dando’s offenses in this case represent the absolute worst example of Doctor-Patient betrayal imaginable, and hundreds of former patients in Maryland may have been harmed by his heinous and despicable behavior. The bond between patient and physician is one of the most intensely personal and important relationships we have in our lives, and the MedExpress Urgent Care Center violated the rights of their patients by exposing them to this criminal.

In 1987, Dr. William Dando was convicted of sexual assault in Miami, Florida following an incident where he broke into a woman’s home and committed an act of violent sexual assault. Dr. Dando was convicted by a jury of his peers and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his crimes. However, he was released from prison after serving less than 4 years of his sentence and, inexplicably, was able to obtain a license to practice medicine in Maryland in 1996.

The Maryland Board of Physicians now admits that it failed to properly investigate Dr. Dando before granting him this license, and the Board’s failure in this case lead to a violent and dangerous sexual predator being granted access to the most personal information and settings involving his female patients.

Dr. Dando began practicing at the MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale, MD in May of 2013. From May 2013 to June 2014, Dr. Dando was given free access to female patients that were unaware of his violent and brutal history of sexual assault.

Less than a year after securing the position at MedExpress Urgent Care Center, Dr. Dando was once again indicted by an Allegany County grand jury and charged with “fourth degree sexual offense and unnatural or perverted practice” on a female patient. His license to practice medicine in Maryland was finally suspended on June 5, 2014, but not until thousands of female patients had been exposed to his abhorrent behavior.

A civil case brought against Dando by one female patient who was molested while in his medical office settled on June 24, 2015 for an undisclosed amount. The plaintiff was one of three women who stepped forward and accused Dr. Dando of touching them inappropriately at the LaVale, MD MedExpress Urgent Care Center. However, it is likely that hundreds or thousands of other patients were also exposed to Dr. Dando’s criminal behavior, but have not yet come forward to seek the justice they deserve.

If you were a patient of the LaVale, MD Med Express Urgent Care Center between May 2013 to June 2014 and were given unnecessary medical examinations or felt you were a victim of inappropriate conduct by former Dr. William Dando, call The Yost Legal Group right away.

Call 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to receive a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation about your case. When medical clinics fail to properly investigate the doctors they hire, they put innocent patients at risk. You can trust The Yost Legal Group to handle your case with the utmost discretion, professionalism, and dedication.

If you or a loved one was treated by Dr. Dando at the MedExpress Urgent Care Center and feel that your rights were violated, call The Yost Legal Group today. Our experienced Medical Malpractice lawyers can help provide the answers you seek.

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Recent Series of Pedestrian Accidents Cause Delays, Safety Concerns

A series of pedestrian accidents, including two hit-and-runs, has left three Maryland residents fatally injured and at least one other in critical condition. Beginning during the evening of Saturday, January 31st and continuing through to Monday night, 3 separate and unrelated accidents have caused serious public concern while also contributing to long delays along major Baltimore roadways.

One accident took place at around 9:15pm on Sunday, February 1st along the Baltimore-Maryland Parkway. Police say that two motorists had stopped along the side of the road to repair a flat tire when they were struck by a car that continued driving without stopping. One victim was pronounced dead shortly after Police arrived at the scene, while the other was transported to a local hospital with what has been described as injuries that were serious, but not life-threatening.

Roughly 24 hours prior to this accident, another pedestrian was struck and killed on the Parkway north of Route 100 in the Hanover area. This accident also involved a motorist who was struck by a vehicle after exiting her car along the side of the road.

The final and most recent accident took place on Interstate 95 at around 9:15pm Monday night. This accident also left a pedestrian fatally injured and forced Police to shut down I-95 Northbound for about 2 ½ hours while they conducted their investigation. The full details of this accident are still unclear at this time. Police are still investigating all three of these cases and are urging anyone with any information to call Maryland State Police at 410-761-5130.

A 2013 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that pedestrian deaths in Maryland increased between 2012 and 2013 from 45 to 58. Full data from 2014 is not yet available, but thus far in 2015, 4 pedestrians have been killed on Maryland roads after being struck by moving vehicles. The fact that three of those four deaths took place between Saturday and Monday night is extremely concerning and stresses the importance of being cautious when exiting your vehicle, especially during evening hours. Data suggests that nearly one in three pedestrian fatalities occurs between the hours of 8 and 11:59pm.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a moving vehicle while biking, crossing the street, jogging, or simply walking on the sidewalk, you may be entitled to compensation. Trust the Auto and Pedestrian Accident experts at The Yost Legal Group to handle your case with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Our experienced team of Baltimore Personal Injury and Accident attorneys will tirelessly represent you and will ensure that you receive the proper compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to receive a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation. We will work hard to secure the justice you deserve.

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