Physician and HMO being sued in Arundel teen-ager's death 14-year-old died a month after seeing doctor

July 25, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

The parents of a 14-year-old Anne Arundel County boy who died a month after he was seen by an Annapolis physician have sued the doctor and Columbia Medical Plan, the health maintenance organization that employs the physician.

Maren Callahan of Harwood and Albert Beyerle of St. Petersburg, Fla., claimed yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court that their son died of a heart attack June 23, 1995, because Dr. Jackie Gilliard treated him incompetently during an office visit a month earlier.

The suit seeks in excess of $80,000 in damages. It alleges the doctor failed to take the necessary medical tests and consult with other medical experts to determine the cause of Travis Beyerle's unexplained fainting. The youth went to the doctor's Annapolis office May 26, 1995, a month after he had a fainting spell.

The doctor and HMO failed to refer the youth to a specialist and "failed to evaluate, conduct appropriate diagnostic testing and treat the youth," the suit claims

"Had the defendants conformed to the appropriate standard of care required of each defendant, Travis Beyerle, to a reasonable degree of medical probability, would be alive today ," the suit alleges.

Dr. Gilliard was unavailable yesterday. An HMO spokesman declined to comment.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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