A doctor is currently facing a medical malpractice lawsuit for the 12th time since 1996. Massachusetts readers will note that the most recent suit is related to complications following a laparoscopic procedure. The current case is the second time the doctor has been accused of medical malpractice just this year.
According to records, this doctor has paid recompense related to malpractice cases on four different occasions since 2009. Three other lawsuits are currently pending in the legal system, and it is possible that a fifth payout could happen. It is not immediately clear why the repeated medical malpractice cases have not raised “red flags” within the medical or legal community, particularly with the hospital.
Patients have the right to know if their doctor has faced medical malpractice lawsuits in the past. It is not clear if any of the patients were informed of this doctor’s past before undergoing their procedures. It is a vital part of the responsibility that medical professionals and systems have toward their patients to be transparent. When an individual suffers because of a lack of information or the negligence of a health care professional, it is within his or her rights to pursue a civil claim against the offender.
Massachusetts residents who have suffered from exacerbated health conditions because of any type of medical malpractice do not have to suffer alone. Victims could be eligible for financial compensation, as were the patients affected by this particular doctor. The best way to understand the personal injury process is to seek a consultation with a team particularly knowledgeable in medical malpractice cases.
Source: ithacavoice.com, “Ithaca area surgeon with history of malpractice payouts faces 12th lawsuit since 1996“, Jeff Stein, Nov. 13, 2014