Many of the medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may focus on things that a doctor did not do that ended up harming his or her patients. Yet many may not realize that there are cases at the other end of the spectrum where providers may be accused of performing unnecessary treatments. Healthcare may be one of the few industries where the age-old term “better safe than sorry” truly does not apply. That is because unnecessary medical treatments can present just as a great a risk to patients as misdiagnoses and other forms of provider negligence.
A Pennsylvania man is currently trying to make a case that the excessive treatment he received endangered his life. In a lawsuit filed against the doctor who performed his heart surgery, he alleges that he received as many as five unnecessary stent implants. The man also claims that during the placement of these stents, he sustained potentially life-threatening artery damage. The doctor has countered his claims by saying that he truly believed the man had several significant blood vessel blockages that required stents.
The man’s claims seemed to be supported by the fact that the doctor in question (as well as another provider) have been named in over 122 similar lawsuits. The healthcare organization that employed the doctors (which has also been named as a defendant in the man’s lawsuit) reached out to over 192 patients in 2011 informing them that an external investigation showed that they may have all received unnecessary stents.
While a doctor may believe in the work that he or she is doing, any patient exposed to unnecessary risks due to such work may have a strong case for liability. Those wanting to pursue such a case may want to work with an attorney in doing so.
Source: Tribune-Review “Deliberations on deck in malpractice suit” Cholodofsky, Rich, Mar. 16, 2017