Medical professionals are focused on keeping Pennsylvania residents healthy. Unfortunately, some doctors and nurses take advantage of those who are sick or who may not understand medical terminology and the potential outcomes associated with a particular diagnosis. While most health care professionals are well-intentioned and only have patients’ best interests at hear, that is not always the case. Unnecessary surgeries can cause future medical issues and complicate an already sensitive health issue, which may well be grounds for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A cardiologist in another state stands to face a medical malpractice trial in the coming weeks. He is accused of performing procedures that are unnecessary and altering medical documents. Hundreds of former patients have come forward and claimed the doctor implanted heart devices that were not medically necessary. About 300 lawsuits have been filed that make similar allegations.
One patient, a man who was 25 years old at the time of the procedure, claims the heart surgeon used scare tactics to get him to agree to a surgery to implant a cardiac defibrillator. It is alleged that the doctor fabricated medical documents, making it appear that he had coronary heart disease. A medical review panel previously found that, in this case, the once-reputable doctor acted negligently.
When a medical professional puts the health and well-being of patients in jeopardy, the patients may suffer the consequences. If one feels that he or she has been the victim of medical malpractice, seeking the advice of a Pennsylvania attorney is advisable. An attorney can help guide victims and their families in the steps necessary to seek legal recourse.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Trials Begin For Munster Cardiologist Accused Of Medical Negligence“, Dorothy Tucker, Feb. 27, 2018