Shock Trauma doctors sue Arundel over treatment bill


The University of Maryland Medical Center and the doctors who work at its Shock Trauma Center sued Anne Arundel County and its Police Department yesterday, charging they failed to pay bills for treatment of a man shot by police during a domestic dispute in May.

Two suits filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court by the hospital's parent company and Shock Trauma Associates, which represents the doctors, claim the county has refused to pay $140,132 for 25 days of treatment for Leon W. Edge Sr., a 41-year-old Pasadena man shot in the chest by a county police officer May 15.

Officer William Wild Jr., who responded to a domestic disturbance report in the 8400 block of Maryland Road about 7 p.m., shot Edge after he leaped out a window of his home, confronted the officer with a metal bar and refused to drop it.

Edge was hospitalized from May 15, 1994, until June 10, 1994. He pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to assault to avoid arrest and was sentenced March 22 to one year house arrest, five years probation and 98 hours of community service.

"Despite demand for payment, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has refused to pay for the cost of medical services rendered to Leon W. Edge Sr.," the suit filed by Shock Trauma Associates alleges.

Teresa Edge, Edge's wife, and Gail Watson, an attorney for the county police department, declined to comment on the suits yesterday.

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