A prominent Baltimore businessman said he lost millions of dollars when he chose to retire early after being led to believe he suffered from severe coronary disease.
Glenn Weinberg, a former partner of the Baltimore-based Cordish Co., said he retired after three stents were placed in his heart at St. Joseph Medical Center by former cardiologist Mark Midei. But attorneys for Midei and the hospital's former owners said the stents were necessary and meant to improve the plaintiff's health so he could carry on normal activities, such as his career.
"Mr. Weinberg made his own choices," said Thomas Monahan, an attorney for the hospital's former owners, during opening statements Monday of the second half of the malpractice case against Midei and the former hospital owners to determine monetary damages.
Last week, jurors in Baltimore County Circuit Court found Midei guilty of breaching medical care standards by unnecessarily placing three stents inside Weinberg's heart. The hospital was also found responsible for failing to provide any oversight, though its attorneys had argued hospital administrators had no control over medical decisions for Midei's patients.
Weinberg's suit is one of hundreds filed against Midei and the hospital's former owners.
"As a result of Dr. Midei's intentional misrepresentations ... Mr. Weinberg significantly reduced his role and responsibility at the Cordish Company, forfeiting ownership in many Cordish Company projects and suffering tremendous economic loss," the lawsuit said.
Weinberg is seeking $50 million in compensatory damages and $100 million in punitive damages.
Maryland Live, the state's largest casino, which was developed by Cordish, is one of the projects Weinberg says he missed out on because of his treatment.
Midei has denied any wrongdoing. He was forced to leave the hospital after the allegations surfaced in 2009. His medical license was revoked in 2011.
At the time, Catholic Health Initiatives owned the hospital, which was later sold to the University of Maryland. Under the sale, Catholic Health is responsible for any liabilities from the lawsuits.