Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences for patients already suffering through a health concern or crisis. It can seem even more tragic when the circumstances leading up to a case of medical malpractice were avoidable. Pennsylvania residents who have gone through something similar might be interested in the case of a foreign-born doctor who has been accused of medical malpractice for allegedly falsifying his credentials and performing surgeries he was supposedly not qualified to perform.
Apparently, former patients of the man started filing lawsuits against him two years ago. Many of the lawsuits claim that the spinal procedures the man performed on them left them suffering from excruciating pain and injury. Allegedly, some patients have even suffered partial paralysis and the loss of bladder and bowel function. A former colleague also claims that the man proved to actually not be a surgeon at all, and the procedure he used to inject “Plexiglas-like” cement into patients’ spines was both unsafe and ineffective.
It seems that the German-born man is actually an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, not a surgeon. The hospital which allowed him to perform surgical services has evidently filed bankruptcy protection in the wake of the medical malpractices filed against them regarding this particular man. It has also purportedly made at least a partial settlement on the medical malpractice claims, with the settlement amount reportedly in the neighborhood of $33 million.
Reports indicate that the hospital involved in this medical malpractice case may have ignored red flags as far as the lack of surgical credentials for the anesthesiologist. Hospital staff members who complained about the man’s credentials even say they were told to drop the situation. Pennsylvania patients concerned about medical malpractice issues may benefit from knowing the professional background of any doctor scheduled to operate on them and from seeking the right counsel if it becomes apparent that medical negligence caused or contributed to a serious injury or illness.
Source: Equities.com, “‘Untouchable’ Doc at Center of Malpractice Storm,” Colleen Heild, July 29, 2012