In a lawsuit filed today in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, attorneys William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. and Jon Simon Stefanuca allege that negligent acts on behalf of a medical practitioner resulted in the death of former Orioles’ umpire attendant Ernie Tyler.
Mr. Tyler had been admitted to Genesis ElderCare Long Green Center on February 3, 2011. Following his admission, Mr. Tyler’s physician, Dr. Kenneth Lindyberg, withdrew essential medical care, including antibiotics, blood products, medical tests, and medications. Dr. Lindyberg never obtained the consent of the family to withdraw care.
At the time of admission, Mr. Tyler was neither comatose nor in a vegetative state. Mr. Tyler’s family was not notified of the doctor’s actions until February 8, 2011. By February 11th, Mr. Tyler was unresponsive. He passed away at the age of 86.
“We are hurt that our father was not allowed to live and die as he wished. We are deeply hurt that we were not given the opportunity to make sure that he was taken care of. This is not how he wanted to die. He deserved better,” said Michelle Tyler-Simms, Ernie Tyler’s daughter.
Mr. Tyler was considered a legend to local Orioles’ fans. He was a known presence at every Orioles’ home game. From opening day in 1960 to July of 2007, Mr. Tyler was on the field at every home game at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, tallying up a streak of 3,819 games-over 1,000 more games than acclaimed Orioles’ infielder Cal Ripken.
Upon his death, theNew York Times, among other notable publications, painted a portrait of man whose loyalty to his home team could not be beat. “[He] represented everything that every family in the city of Baltimore should want to stand for,” said former pitcher Scott McGregor.
His family is deeply saddened at the loss of a truly great man, who lived up to the storied legacy wrought by his name-one that speaks of dedication to family, friends, teammates and to a cherished hometown.
We intend to pursue this case with the same commitment Mr. Tyler once held for Baltimore and his home team.
Please see ourpress release announcing the lawsuit, and ourformal complaint for additional information. If you are a member of the press and wish to speak with our attorneys, please call us at 410-539-6500.
UPDATE: Please see additional coverage published byCBS Baltimore and in the March 5, 2013 edition ofThe Baltimore Sun. A televised interview with members of Tyler’s family and their attorneys also appeared onFox45.