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Jury finds lawsuit against doctor groundless

September 30, 1999

After four days of testimony and one hour of deliberations in a medical malpractice case, a Washington County Circuit Court jury last Friday found a Hagerstown woman's lawsuit against her former gynecologist groundless, court records said.

The 1997 lawsuit was brought by Beverly Ann Padilla against Dr. Jowheri J. Mullick and Washington County Hospital.

The case against the hospital was dismissed prior to the trial's first day on Sept. 21, according to court records.

In her lawsuit, Padilla had alleged Mullick failed to observe basic and fundamental standards of care and as a result, she suffered a rupture of her uterus.

In addition, the suit contended that Mullick left a nine-centimeter laparotomy pad and a two-inch plastic ring inside Padilla's pelvis after an emergency Caesarean section.

Padilla later entered a hospital in Puerto Rico for emergency surgery, according to the lawsuit.

Marvin Ellin, Padilla's attorney, was out of the country Wednesday and unavailable for comment on the outcome of the trial.

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Mullick couldn't be reached for comment.

- Marlo Barnhart

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