Advances in medical technology and knowledge have likely saved millions of lives over the course of the last century. Unfortunately, these advances cannot always prevent death or further injury. While surgery can often improve a patient’s quality of life, patients often have to weigh the risk of undergoing a dangerous procedure with the potential outcome of the surgery. In order to make this decision, patients must be able to trust that their doctors are providing them with accurate advice and reports regarding their health. One man in Maryland is claiming he is a victim of medical malpractice after his doctor advised him to undergo what is now believed to be an unnecessary medical procedure.
In a recent lawsuit against a cardiologist and the hospital where he worked as a contractor, one man claims that the doctor advised him he needed to have three stents due to a dangerous heart condition. As a result of the doctor’s advice and the procedure, the man says that he cut back on his job responsibilities, costing him several million dollars in wages. However, testimony from other doctors revealed that the procedures were unnecessary. Recently, a jury agreed with the plaintiff and found the doctor liable for medical malpractice.
The plaintiff is asking for $150 million in damages due to distress, medical complications and loss of income. Separate proceedings will be held to determine the amount that will be awarded to the plaintiff. The doctor has already settled 250 cases from former patients and still has 45 remaining. He has left the hospital where the procedures occurred and has since lost his license to practice medicine.
Undergoing surgery is often a life-changing event. The patients of this doctor now likely feel that they were encouraged to undergo dangerous procedures solely to generate revenue. Any person in Maryland who feels he or she has been the victim of medical malpractice has the option of seeking legal recourse in a civil court. Such an action could prevent others from undergoing the same experiences.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, Dr. Mark Midei breached medical care standards with stents, jury finds, Jessica Anderson, Oct. 23, 2013