To become a Maryland licensed medical doctor, one needs to receive a significant amount of education. Along with the rigorous academia comes the endless hours of internship and research. This alone should turn away many who do not have the heart to practice patient-centered care. When a trained doctor takes advantage of title and patient trust and uses the position to defraud insurance companies, misdiagnose and perform erroneous surgeries, a medical malpractice lawsuit could be soon to follow.
A 48-year-old doctor from another state has recently been released from a medium security prison after serving three years of a 4.5 year sentence for insurance fraud. Even though the disgraced doctor is free, he is still a defendant in over 200 civil medical malpractice lawsuits. The former orthopedist is accused of botching surgeries, performing unnecessary surgeries and more.
Many of the victims and their families feel a sense of dispirit. The doctor is able to get on with his life, as many of his former patients struggle to live theirs or are no longer alive. The estimated number of pending civil cases are believed to be between 240 and 260.
Victims of negligent doctors are extremely vulnerable. The pain, suffering and anger builds, leaving the victims and their families with unanswered questions and a feeling of despair. Unable to work, medical bills and unpaid debts can begin to pile up. Seeking the aid and experience of a medical malpractice attorney can help victims and their families understand their rights under Maryland law. Compensation gained from a successful medical malpractice claim can help these unpaid expenses.
Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, “Panos out of prison, faces medical malpractice suits“, Nina Schutzman, March 31, 2017