Doctors, two hospitals sued in woman's death Sykesville resident died 10 days after giving birth

August 08, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF Staff writer Caitlin Francke contributed to this article.

A Sykesville man whose wife died 10 days after she gave birth to their son last year has sued hospitals and doctors in Howard and Carroll counties, alleging that medical negligence led to her death.

Timothy Oechsler, 36, filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Howard County Circuit Court on behalf of himself and his 19-month-old son, Ryan. The suit does not specify a monetary award for damages in the death of Teresa Oechsler.

The lawsuit alleges that Howard County General Hospital, the Columbia-based doctors' office of Esposito, Mayer, Hogan and Associates, and two of that office's partners, Dr. Margot E. Watson and Dr. Mary P. Hogan, were negligent in their care of Teresa Oechsler during her four-day stay at that hospital.

Carroll County General Hospital and Dr. Jules Scherr, Dr. Steven Miller, Dr. John Steers and Dr. Fouad Abbas also are named as defendants in the case. The woman received emergency care at that hospital the day after being discharged from Howard County General.

Timothy Oechsler was not available for comment yesterday.

Spokesmen for both hospitals said yesterday that they had not been served with court papers.

"It would be premature to make any comment," said John Walker of Howard General.

Beverly Carrigan, chief operating officer of Esposito, Mayer, Hogan and Associates -- speaking on behalf of that office and the Howard doctors -- also said they had not been served with the lawsuit by late yesterday and would not comment on it.

None of the Carroll doctors were available for comment yesterday.

According to court documents, Teresa Oechsler underwent a partial hysterectomy because of internal bleeding after a Caesarean section delivery at Howard General on Jan. 11, 1995. The lawsuit alleges that during the woman's four-day stay there, the hospital and doctors did not "provide aggressive follow-up care."

The day after her Jan. 15 release from Howard County General, Teresa Oechsler was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, complaining of vomiting and bleeding, court papers say.

The lawsuit alleges that she was not operated on until eight hours after her admission, when doctors Scherr, Miller, Steers and Abbas completed the hysterectomy that had been begun at Howard County General.

Teresa Oechsler died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Jan. 21, 1995.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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