Each day in Oregon and across the United States, thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures. These patients place their lives in the hands of surgeons, physicians and nurses. It is understood that these well-trained medical professionals will treat the patient with care and perform their duties to the best of their abilities. However, medical negligence continues to happen. A cardiologist in another state allegedly performed multiple unnecessary surgeries and is now facing hundreds of lawsuits.
Most of these lawsuits allege that the cardiologist implanted patients with unnecessary heart devices. One particular lawsuit claims that the cardiologist convinced the plaintiff that he needed to have a cardiac defibrillator implanted. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was only 25 years old at the time.
Allegedly, the doctor told the plaintiff that he may die if he did not undergo the implantation. The plaintiff claims to have evidence to show that the cardiologist falsified medical documents to justify the procedure. The suit also alleges that a medical review panel concluded that the cardiologist acted negligently. The plaintiff in this lawsuit is seeking damages of over $3 million.
Great advances in technology and training have made medical procedures safer than ever before. Unfortunately, mistakes and negligence will continue to occur when humans are involved. Medical negligence can be attributed to thousands and thousands of injuries and deaths each year in Oregon and across the country. Those that have been affected by medical negligence could benefit from discussions with an experienced attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit may result in a substantial monetary award to help victims and families through this traumatic experience.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Trials Begin For Munster Cardiologist Accused Of Medical Negligence“, Feb. 27, 2018