Lawsuit Filed Against Maryland Hospital over Stents

February 1, 2010

Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Baltimore-area hospital that recently informed more than 350 patients that they may have received unnecessary heart stents.

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson recently sent letters to the patients informing them they may have received stents even though their arteries weren’t clogged enough to require the procedure.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by high-profile attorneys Billy Murphy and Peter Angelos seeks unspecified damages.

Murphy says the unnecessary stents were motivated by greed. The procedure costs about $10,000.

A St. Joseph spokeswoman said in a statement that the hospital could not comment on the specifics of the complaint. The statement says the procedures were performed by a single doctor who no longer works at the hospital.

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