Nearly all healthcare providers in Providence take their charge of caring for their patient’s very seriously. A medical malpractice lawsuit isn’t meant to be an indictment on a doctor’s character; rather, most medical malpractice cases center around a doctor or other healthcare provider inadvertently making a medical error that lead to a patient’s injury or death. Yet every so often, there comes a doctor who uses the trust associated with his or her position to abuse both the healthcare system and the patients that he or she treats.
Such is allegedly the case with a New York doctor currently facing up to 10 years in prison for healthcare fraud. Separate from his criminal troubles, he also faces an astounding number or more than 260 medical malpractice lawsuits filed by former patients. These lawsuits accuse the doctor of performing countless surgeries that were unnecessary or, in some cases imaginary, with patients never even being incised. Many of his patients even underwent repeat procedures on the same body parts with no change in their symptoms. Others allege that his negligence in rushing through procedures by not following any standard of care led to their disability, with one case even resulting in a patient’s death.
Many of these lawsuits also blame the medical group for which he worked for over 12 years as well as the surgical facilities where he operated. They claim that other doctors and staff knew what he was doing yet said nothing, allowing him to see anywhere from 60 – 90 patients a day and schedule up to 20 procedures on one day.
Patients have every right to expect their providers to operate with the utmost integrity and for the facilities where they’re seen to look out for their best interests. In any case where there is a failure to meet either one of those expectations, a patient may wish to work with an attorney to initiate legal action.
Source: Medscape “Rogue-Surgeon Case Raises Question of Who Knew What” Robert Lowes, Dec. 12, 2013