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Doctor faces multiple medical malpractice claims

Oregon readers would most likely agree that patients tend to trust the surgeons who operate on them. Many people in two states gave their trust to a surgeon who promised to resolve their spinal issues. Unfortunately, the surgeon was not trustworthy and now faces numerous medical malpractice lawsuits and could even wind up in prison.

Reportedly, one patient operated on by this surgeon had 26 medical devices implanted in his back. Even a month after the surgery, the outlines of at least some of the devices could be seen through his skin. He was not even able to stand up straight. Another surgeon had operate to remove the unnecessary devices and replace them with the devices needed in order to correct his back issue. So far, only one other patient has been identified who suffered the same way this man did.

At the other end of the spectrum, another patient went in for a spinal fusion for on-the-job injuries. Afterward, he was on painkillers for an extended period because he still experienced tingling and severe pain. When another spine doctor examined him, it was discovered that the procedure was never performed. Another patient was told that titanium screws were used in his procedure, but that was untrue. The surgeon attempted to enter a plea agreement on pending criminal charges in Michigan, but the judge rejected it because he would only spend 11 years in prison.

It is not known whether any of the current medical malpractice claims have been resolved. As would be possible here in Oregon, any conviction in criminal court may be used as evidence of the doctor's negligence in those civil actions. Any monetary restitution this surgeon's victims receive could help with the current and future medical care his patients may require.

Source: mlive.com, "Back surgeon who shoved 26 devices into patient's spine re-enters guilty plea", Khalil AlHajal, Nov. 18, 2015

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