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Michael A. Abelson

Michael A. Abelson

Washington, D.C.
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Daniel M. Clements

Daniel M. Clements

Baltimore, MD
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Paul H. Ethridge

Paul H. Ethridge

Frederick, MD
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John M. “Jack” Quinn

John M. “Jack” Quinn

Frederick, MD
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Michael L. Rowan

Michael L. Rowan

Frederick, MD
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Scott M. Hartinger

Scott M. Hartinger

Frederick, MD
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Michael McAuliffe

Frederick, MD
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Daniel M. Clements

Daniel M. Clements has distinguished himself as a pre-eminent trial attorney during his 36-year career including twenty-three as a partner at Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC. At the same time, he has devoted extraordinary energy to civic and community causes. His practice concentrates in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, legal malpractice and personal injury.

From successfully prosecuting jockeys for fixing races, to defending Prince George's County's civil rights record, to winning record-setting medical malpractice awards, Mr. Clements has demonstrated his courtroom aplomb in over 120 jury trials. His community service record is equally impressive, including active roles in the Maryland Democratic party; chairmanship of RESOLVE, a national organization for couples dealing with infertility; chairmanship of Planned Parenthood of Maryland; and he is presently volunteer Director of Maryland for Obama. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Clements has spent countless hours advocating for the rights of injured persons and consumers before the General Assembly of Maryland.

Mr. Clements served as President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, and for over a decade as Chairman of its Political Action Committee. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for Maryland, and law clerk to the Honorable James R. Miller of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. He is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is recognized in Best Lawyers of America and Maryland Super Lawyers. He is also a frequent lecturer on trial advocacy.

Affiliations
Past President, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Past Chairman, Maryland State Bar Association Technology Task Force
Member, American Association for Justice
Member, Maryland State Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of Anne Arundel County
Member, District of Columbia Bar

Education
J.D., Honors, Law Review, George Washington University Law School, 1971
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1968

Dan Clements Case Results:

Medical Malpractice/Failure to Properly Treat
A jury found that an internist's in office diagnosis of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) required immediate attention. The physician told the 53 year old carpenter to have a CT scan performed a week later. Forty-eight hours after the office visit, the client had a permanently debilitating stroke leaving him unable to speak, walk, or return to work. A serious percentage of strokes occur within forty-eight hours of a TIA, but the physician ignored his own diagnosis. The jury award permitted the client to move to a wheelchair accessible one story home and to receive appropriate at home care.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Injury
During the routine removal of an ovarian cyst, the surgeon perforated the patient's bowel three times and failed to note the perforations before ending the surgery or within the next two days. The patient, a retired teacher, died from peritonitis and sepsis. Settlement was obtained for the widower and two adult children.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Injury/Nursing Malpractice
During a tummy tuck, the surgeon perforated the patient's bowel three times while closing the abdominal flap. The patient, a cook, returned to the hospital several hours after the surgery but the surgeon refused to return to the hospital to see the patient and ordered his discharge without appropriate tests being performed. The hospital nurses failed to perform ordinary and usual tests before discharging the patient. Settlement was obtained for the parents who untimely lost their 53 year old son.

Medical Malpractice/Failure to Diagnose Post Surgical Infection
Following foot surgery the patient's wound would not close but the doctor failed to adequately diagnose and treat the infection. Ultimately, five further surgeries were required but the client, a firefighter, was left with a fused foot which lacked appropriate mobility for walking and performing the his usual activities. The case was settled before trial.

Medical Malpractice/Hospital Negligence
A settlement was reached on behalf of the widow and three adult children of a patient who following a routine angioplasty to insert a stent was negligently permitted to bleed to death. The nurses failed to notify the physician of serious changes in the patient's vital signs.

Medical Malpractice/Hospital Negligence
A twenty-four year old mother of two was admitted to the psychiatric ward of a hospital following a drug overdose which was an attempted suicide. While in the lock-down unit of the hospital, the patient advised the nurses that she would again attempt suicide on the ward by hanging herself. The nurses failed to closely monitor the patient and she managed to hang herself from her bathroom door. The hospital acknowledged their negligence and settled the matter providing lifelong financial security for the two daughters.

Medical Malpractice/Nursing Home Negligence
An 83 year old gentleman was recovering from a stroke in a nursing home. Unfortunately, the nurses failed to turn him regularly and he suffered bed sores on his buttocks and heals which were improperly treated. The nursing home settled the matter before suit was filed.

Medical Malpractice/Hospital Negligence
Settlement was secured for the two adult children of a fifty-one year old woman who died as a result of hospital negligence. The client, a cleaning contractor at a Federal Agency, arrived at the hospital's emergency room at 2:00 a.m. complaining of shortness of breath. She was placed on oxygen and put behind a curtain in the rear of the emergency room and left unattended for four hours. When discovered, she had become comatose and remained in a coma for eighteen months before she succumbed from the original lack of treatment for her adult asthma.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence
A forty-three year old extremely obese gentleman was hospitalized for a routine hernia repair. Because the hospital could not find pressure stockings large enough to fit on him post-surgically, none were used. Use of such stocking was required post surgically to avoid a pulmonary embolism from forming. Unfortunately, he developed such an embolism which went from his leg to his heart and he died. Settlement was obtained for the two minor children of this computer consultant and baseball coach.

Medical Malpractice/Nursing Negligence
At 2:00 a.m. a nurse put a magnesium solution designed for clearing a foley catheter into an IV in the patient's arm. The result was magnesium poisoning and a gruesome death four hours later. Both the nurse's agency and the hospital settled the case by both changing their procedures for identifying solutions and compensating this retired 77 year old gentlman's six adult children.

Medical Malpractice/Physician Negligence
Following a routine surgery a nineteen year old girl and college student was placed on the blood thinner Coumadin. The hospital where the surgery was performed referred her to a local general practitioner for monitoring of her Coumadin levels. The physician failed to note high clotting times as determined by the lab tests and failed to order tests to be performed regularly. The young lady died from internal bleeding. Settlement was reached between her parents and the physician.

Medical Malpractice/Cardiologist's Negligence
The forty-three year old patient's internist noted that his symptoms of shortness of breath and occasional chest pain required an exercise stress test and sent him to a cardiologist to perform the test. The test results, although abnormal, were misinterpreted by the cardiologist and the patient, a truck driver, was told he was fine. Within two weeks the patient died from a coronary. His three children and wife were compensated through a settlement of the claim.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence

A fifty-three year old woman and convenience store owner had long standing Crohn's disease and it was determined that he rectum should be removed. The surgeon, however, failed to remove the entire rectum and her Crohn's disease returned. After a year of further suffering, a second surgery was required to properly remove the rectum. A jury determined that the surgeon was negligent and awarded damages to the client and her husband.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence
Following a fall from a tree stand while hunting, the forty-five year old gentleman arrived at the hospital emergency room walking and was diagnosed with a broken back. After surgery to fuse the area of the break, however, the patient became a paraplegic because the physician had used the wrong size hooks to secure the construct to stabilize the back. The physician and the hospital resolved the case with the patient and his wife.

Medical Malpractice/Hospital Negligence
Settlement was achieved for the widow and two adult children of a retired 77 year old gentleman transported to the hospital suffering from obvious signs of a heart attack. Unfortunately, the emergency room physician and the hospitalist misread the electrocardiogram (EKG) and ruled out a heart attack. By the time the hospital cardiologist reviewed the EKG strips and had the patient transferred for by-pass surgery, it was too late and the patient died.

Medical Malpractice/Nursing Home
An eighty-three year old suffering from Altzheimer's disease was allowed to become so dehydrated in her nursing home that she died. The home settled the case with her two adult children.

Medical Malpractice/Nursing Home
An 81 year old in a nursing home was being pushed in a wheelchair when her leg caught and was broken. The nursing home failed to send her to the hospital for x-rays or treatment for ten days by which time she had deteriorated to such a degree that she died. The case settled before filing of a suit on behalf of her adult daughter.

Medical Malpractice/Hospital Negligence
Following a routine hysterectomy the patient showed signs of kidney issues. The specialist called in to examine the patient performed surgery without performing all necessary tests and removed a perfectly health kidney. The patient received appropriate compensation for the lost kidney.

Medical Malpractice/Physician Negligence
A 67 year old man reported rectal bleeding to his internist. A flexible sigmoidoscopy was performed but inadequately. The patient was advised he had no issues when in fact the physician missed a tumor. After the patient died from colon cancer, a jury found the doctor negligent and awarded his widow and four adult children damages.

Medical Malpractice/Radiologist Negligence
A 43 year old woman felt a lump in her breast and her internist sent her for a mammogram. The radiologist missed the obvious lump on the film. Six months later the woman, a real estate agent, returned for a second mammogram still concerned about the lump. The second film was read by the same radiologist in this small community on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and misread as normal. Finally, the lump grew in size sufficient for the woman to have a third examination which lead to tests showing the lump was cancerous and has metastized to her bones. She died from her cancer four years later. A jury found the radiologists actions to be negligent and awarded damages and compensation to her two children.

Medical Malpractice/Obstectrical Negligence
A 39 year old legal secretary appeared at a doctor's clinic for an abortion, which was performed. The physician noted atypical products of conception but failed to send the tissue to a lab for evaluation. The woman was advised she was fine. However, two weeks later she died from a burst ectopic pregnancy which had grown in her fallopian tube. A health claims arbitration panel awarded her son compensation for the loss of his mother.

Medical Malpractice/Physician Negligence
An HMO got a mammogram report from a radiologist stating the woman's breast looked abnormal and further follow up was needed. The patient, a school teacher, was told the results were normal. A year later upon feeling a growing lump further tests were conducting diagnosing cancer. She required at that point a mastectomy and extensive chemotherapy rather than a lumpectomy and less problematic treatment. A settlement was reached with the HMO for its negligence.

Medical Malpractice/Laboratory and Physician Negligence
A thirty-three year old school teacher noted a lesion in her mouth which an oral surgeon removed. The lab failed to do appropriate step-cuts of the specimen and only reported to the surgeon atypical cells to the border of the lesion. Even that report required further surgery but the oral surgeon ignored the report. Five months later the lesion returned, was properly diagnosed as cancerous and extensive surgery removing one-half of her tongue was performed. The jury returned a verdict against the lab for inadequately examining the tissue and the oral surgeon for failing to properly act on the lab report.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence
A colon and rectal surgeon improperly removed an anal fistula ultimately leaving the patient with permanent bowel incontinence. A settlement was reach on behalf of the forty eight year old restaurant owner and his wife.

Medical Malpractice/HMO Negligence
A fifty-three year old tour bus driver repeatedly reported complaints of swelling in his neck during visits to his HMO. For over five years the HMO failed to diagnoses and treat his thyroid cancer from which he ultimately died. A settlement was reached between the HMO and his estate.

Assault/Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence
A thirty-nine year old woman was raped by the photocopy repairman called to her place of business. During the rape she was repeated stabbed. Upon escaping she was taken to a hospital where surgery was performed to repair her wounds. The surgeon mistakenly sewed closed her renal artery causing loss of one of her perfectly healthy kidneys. Both the employer of the repairman and the hospital settled without a trial.

Products Liability/Manlift Design
A jury found the manufacture of a manlift had negligently designed the lift which caused the death of a forty-nine year old father of two. The lift worked well in forward gear but pivoted into the air if driven in reverse downhill. The widow and two children were provided with compensation for their emotion loss and extensive financial hardship caused by the death.

Products Liability/Dalkon Shield
The manufactures of the Dalkon Shield compensated over twenty-five clients who suffered various losses of fertility and other issues from this improperly designed contraceptive device.

Products Liability/Breast Implant
The manufactures of silicone breast implants compensated over twenty-five clients who suffered a variety of adverse reactions from their breast implants.

Products Liability/Manlift Rental Corporate Negligence
A company which rented manlifts for use near the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces failed to replace the combustible hydraulic fluid with a water based fluid. While being operated the rubber hoses filled with the fluid caught fire requiring the operator to leap from the lift. The operator broke both of his ankles and was permanent impaired from returning to his employment. Six days into a jury trial the rental company resolved the case to the lift operator's benefit.

Civil Rights/Police Misconduct
While chasing a fleeing drunk driver the local Sheriffs and the State Police inappropriately fired their weapons at the driver. Twenty rounds missed the driver but one struck a sixteen year old bystander. Both the State and the County compensated the bystander for his injuries.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Misconduct
When the Governor of Maryland improperly fired a County Councilman from his separate state job because of the Councilman's political affiliation, the State was required to pay the Councilman for his financial loss.

Products Liability/Toy and Battery Manufacturer Negligence
A toy was manufactured with a design defect which caused the batteries to leak if placed in the battery compartment in the wrong configuration. Such a leak occurred and a four year old boy licked the fluid causing extensive burns to his esophagus. Settlement included compensation for the boy's multiple surgeries, pain and suffering and medical expenses as well as an agreement to redesign the toy. The battery manufacturer was aware of the dangers of such designs but failed to notify the toy manufacturer; it also participated in the settlement.

Products Liability/Window Manufacturer, Homebuilder, Screen Manufacturer Negligence
In two separate cases children under the age of three fell through screen windows to their death in Howard County homes. In each case settlement was reached for the parents of the children with the window manufacturer, the scree manufacturer and the homebuilder. As part of one of the settlements the screen manufacturer agreed to place warnings on all of their similarly manufactured screens.

Products Liability/Manlift Operator Negligence
A 47 year old electrician working in a manlift elevated into a tree fell to his death when the operator of the manlift moved the lift while the boom was extended thirty feet into the air. The construction company which employed the manlift operator settled with the widow and her two children.

Traumatic Brain Injury/Auto Collision
Pre-trial settlement for a 44 year old computer engineer who suffered a concussion and permanent brain injury when his auto was struck by a commercial vehicle which had run a stop sign. Sufficient compensation was obtained to replace the client's extraordinary lifetime income.

Auto/Truck Tire Collision
Despite being stopped on Route 95 South by a State Police Officer and advised that two of his rear wheels on his 18 wheel truck were wobbling, the driver attempted to drive to his corporate headquarters. While exiting Route 95 the two tires exited the truck, went over the retaining wall and landed on a 53 year old school teacher's car killing her instantly. Settlement was obtained for the widower without the necessity of filing a suit.

Pedestrian/Auto Collision
While out running with her teenage daughter, a visitor to Annapolis from Florida was struck at 7:00 a.m. by a drunk driver. Settlement, pre-suit, was reached with the driver's carrier and victim impact statements were prepared for use in the criminal case which resulted in the driver's incarceration.

Auto Negligence/Wrongful Death
The existence of uneven pavement caused by construction on Route 95 resulted in a teenage driver losing control of her vehicle. She crashed into the guard rail. Excess speed was a contributing factor. The driver of the vehicle and the road repair company compensated the parents of the seventeen year old student who was a passenger in the vehicle and who died when she was ejected from the vehicle.

Traumatic Brain Injury/Auto Collision
The client's vehicle suffered a sudden loss of power on Route 270 near Rockville. While attempting to exit the roadway with his emergency flashers on, he was struck by three separate vehicles who were traveling too close behind his vehicle. A structured settlement was reached to compensate him and his family for his medical expenses, economic loss and permanent brain injury and incapacitation.

Products Liability/Vehicular Accident/Wrongful Death
While a pledge at a college fraternity, the deceased was ordered to take a trip with others to New Orleans. The fraternity rented a motor home vehicle with a bed over the front cab. The driver of the vehicle lost control after a sleepless night in New Orleans, left the road and crashed into a tree. The young man in the bed was ejected through the front of the motor home onto the hood of the vehicle and then into the tree, killing him. Suit was brought against the fraternity, the motor home manufacturer, the rental company and the motor home design company. All defendants contributed to a settlement with the deceased student's parents.

Premises Liability/Unsafe Housing
The owner of a section 8 rental property ordered electrical repairs for the home before renting it to the client, a fast food worker, and her two children. The electrician performed the repairs without proper permits from or inspection by the local jurisdiction. The home caught fire early on Thanksgiving morning and while escaping the client and her two children were burned. Settlement was reached shortly before trial with the homeowner and the electrician.

Legal Malpractice/Attorney Negligence
An attorney agreed to undertake a medical malpractice case on behalf of a client who had suffered a dissected carotid artery in an auto accident which went undiagnosed at the hospital. After obtaining an expert, the attorney basically abandoned the case resulting in its dismissal. Settlement was reached on behalf of the permanently disabled client with the attorney's carrier, permitting him to have sufficient funds to live a more normal life and to marry.

Legal Malpractice/Attorney Negligence
An attorney failed to file appropriate papers with a Federal Agency causing the client to lose a valuable license. Settlement was reached with the attorney's carrier for the client's economic loss.

Medical Malpractice/Surgeon Negligence
A retired 83 year old lawyer slipped and fell on his driveway breaking his femur. The surgeon performed surgery to set the femur but over the next twelve weeks ignored the patients complaints of pain and fever. Osteomyelitis, a bone infection, had set in and was undiagnosed. A second surgery was required to remove the dead bone which resulted in a shortening of his leg by two inches. The jury found the doctor's actions negligent and compensated the patient for having to wear a heavy shoe with a two inch lift and being unable to garden because his knees were at different heights.

Medical Malpractice/Surgical Negligence
Following a motorcycle accident a 38 year old soldier required emergency surgery to set his broken leg. The surgeon failed to properly set the angle of the leg and failed to remove all of the grass and debris from the wound. An infection which set in following the surgery required several more surgeries and extensive treatment for the infection. A health claims arbitration panel awarded the soldier damages to compensate for his injuries.

Medical Malpractice/Chiropractic and Hospital Negligence
Injured in a diving accident, a 45 year old construction worker fell victim to two separate acts of negligence. First, at the hospital the x-rays were misread and a spinal fracture of a facet was overlooked. A week later he started treatment with a chiropractor who failed to take x-rays before the treatment started. By the fifth chiropractic treatment the patients arm went numb as a result of the treatment displacing the facet fracture. A jury awarded damages against both the hospital and the chiropractor.

Admiralty/Boating Negligence
Two old friends were out fishing when the motor on the boat died. The owner of the boat had his 73 year old friend pour gasoline into the carburetor while he attempted to start the engine. The spark caused a fire severely burning the 73 year old former air conditioning repairman's arms. A Federal Judge awarded damages against the boat owner to cover the friends pain and suffering and medical bills.

Admiralty/Boating Negligence
The owner of a boat failed to slow the boat as it crossed a large boat's wake causing a 45 year old passenger to be thrown from her seat and onto the bottom of the cabin. The client, a State Department employee, suffered a compression fracture of her spine requiring two months in a brace at home in bed. The owner's carrier settled pre-trail with both the client and her husband.

Civil Rights/Religious Discrimination
A Jewish civilian employee of the US Army was forbidden by his superior from taking off work on two important religious holidays. Ultimately, he was forced to leave his employment due to what he considered religious discrimination. An EEOC investigator agreed with the claims of discrimination and the Army resolved the matter for back pay and attorney's fees.

Auto/Truck Tire Collision
A truck traveling northbound on Route 95 was carrying unsecured in the back of its open bed an over sized tire used typically by off the road construction vehicles. The truck was struck by another vehicle and the tire flew out of the truck, across the median landing in the southbound lanes of Route 95. The client, a 46 year old salesman, traveling southbound could not see the black tire in the dark and hit it at 65 m.p.h. resulting in a compression fracture of his back. His rehabilitation included eight weeks in a brace in bed which unfortunately exacerbated his pre-existing Crohn's disease requiring surgery. A jury awarded the salesman compensation for his year long recuperation and unemployment.

Insurance Coverage/Disability Policy
A 33 year old hairdresser was shot at his home during an attempted robbery. The bullet lodged in his shoulder so close to a major artery that the physicians determined not to remove the bullet. Approximately 8 years later the bullet had created an aneurism (balloon like appearance) in the artery resulting in his suffering clots and mini strokes. He became unable to work but his disability insurance policy carrier refused to pay because of the time lag between the injury and the onset of the disability. A jury found for the client and ordered the insurance to make back payments and all future payments owed on the disability policy.

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