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Friday, November 09, 2007

Craig B. Merkle and Marianne DePaulo Plant took a defense verdict on behalf of their physician client and her practice group after a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

The case involved a post-partum patient who developed a breast infection caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The patient alleged that she phoned the defendant obstetrician-gynecologists several times about her condition, and that she came to the office twice seeking treatment for her developing infection.

The patient reported to the physicians that her newborn son had been hospitalized with a staph infection in the week prior to her onset of symptoms. The physicians diagnosed mastitis, and empirically prescribed an antibiotic to which the infection was not sensitive.

It was alleged that the defendant doctors failed to seek details regarding the child's infection, and that had they done so they would have learned that he, and their patient, had a resistant strain of staph that required a different antibiotic to be effectively treated.

Ultimately, the patient required breast surgery as a result of the infection. The jury concluded that the doctors met the standard of care in the treatment of the patient and therefore were not liable for her alleged injuries.

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