Imagine finding out that your surgeon has dealt with approximately 50 different
medical malpractice lawsuits over the course of his or her career. For
many people in Columbus, that would send a lot of people to new doctors.
To have been sued for making that many surgical errors calls into question
the surgeon’s ability to accurately and safely perform a surgical
procedure, which could lead to a suspended medical license.
And for one doctor, that is exactly what happened. A neurosurgeon who apparently
has gone beyond the planned surgery on more than one occasion is now dealing
with his license being suspended in three states. It is unknown if he
is licensed to practice anywhere else.
It is hard to imagine that a state would not do more to protect innocent
patients when a doctor has such a long track record of making surgical
errors. That it would take 50 lawsuits before he would finally have his
license suspended seems odd, although it may be a matter of him being
subject to medical malpractice lawsuits in a variety of different states.
Filing a lawsuit is only one way that an injured patient can hold his or
her doctor accountable. While medical malpractice lawsuits can provide
patients with the compensation they may need following a botched operation,
it may not cause enough of a media sensation to warn other people about
the risk associated with using that doctor. Only by filing a complaint
with the state medical board can a more thorough investigation commence
into whether a doctor is truly fit to practice medicine.