This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Mary Koch and Keith Forman of Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, & Offutt, LLC ( https://www.malpracticeteam.com/).
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Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt LLC partners Mary Koch and Keith Forman discuss how they secured the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history, advocating on behalf of Zubida Byrom, a child who was born with cerebral palsy due to the negligence of doctors and medical staff in treating her mother, Erica Byrom, at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Erica, who suffered from preeclampsia, was misinformed about Zubida’s chance of survival and signed a consent form indicating she did not wish to undergo a c-section. The impact of the induced delivery on Zubida’s brain and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff’s failure to act appropriately left Zubida without oxygen, causing the baby to be born with cerebral palsy and requiring round-the-clock care for life.
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Mary M. Koch
Mary McNamara Koch joined WVFO as a partner in January of 2016. Shortly after her arrival, she obtained Plaintiffs’ verdicts in two medical negligence cases, with one jury awarding a stroke victim over $6,000,000.00 and another jury awarding a woman with debilitating drop foot over $2,000,000.00. These successes were in keeping with her reputation of winning big cases.
In 2014, Ms. Koch spearheaded a team of attorneys that successfully negotiated the historic $37 million settlement against St. Joseph Medical Center on behalf of former patients of Dr. Mark G. Midei, a cardiologist at the hospital who was accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. As part of this landmark victory, Ms. Koch conducted over 100 depositions, argued many of the motions, and made the successful class action argument. In addition to giving the 273 patients financial resources, and even more important some closure so they could resume their lives, the settlement helped establish a national dialogue on unnecessary medical procedures.
Keith is a partner at the firm. Since becoming an attorney, he has almost exclusively represented minor children injured as a result of obstetrical or neonatal malpractice. Keith is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Minnesota.
In 2012 and 2013, he was instrumental in the firm obtaining three of the four largest verdicts in medical malpractice cases in Maryland history – a $55 million dollar verdict against Johns Hopkins Hospital, a $21 million dollar verdict against Harbor Hospital, and a $15.6 million dollar verdict against a nurse-midwife and a hospital in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
In 2019, Keith was part of the trial team that obtained what is believed to be the largest verdict in a medical malpractice case in the history of the United States of America - a $229 million dollar verdict against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for a child who was injured at birth and suffers cerebral palsy as a result.
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