A back surgery company in Texas is facing and has faced, serious allegations
due to a patient being further hurt by the AccuraScope process. Interestingly,
the doctor behind this process comes from Ohio. That doctor became the
chief medical officer for the company, North American Spine, despite concerns
about his medical background. According to the news, the man’s medical
license had been suspended in Ohio in 2001.
He was arrested for the possession of cocaine, and after that, he went
through AA meetings and rehab. It’s claimed that his sobriety was
looked at before bringing him on board with the company. There were allegedly
no more issues with drug problems, but there were others.
The Ohioan also faced at least 11 different medical malpractice lawsuits,
which eventually grew to over 40. Five of those were pending at the time
when he was hired. Three months after joining the company, one of the
doctor’s patients was awarded $1.372 million. Another patient who
suffered brain damage due to a pain medication tramadol overdose was awarded
$5 million. The doctor had not yet signed with the company when these
procedures were completed.
Now, a 75-year-old woman has complained that the doctor completed a surgery
on her back in Texas. Unfortunately, the doctor wasn’t licensed
to do so in the state. On top of that, the woman didn’t know about
his background before the operation. Her surgery allegedly made it difficult
for her to control her bladder or bowels. She also claimed she had partial
paralysis and immense pain.
She reported that it took her two weeks before she could walk again. In
her lawyer’s report, he indicates that the woman suffered a severe
neurological injury during the procedure because her pain was now greatly
increased, instead of reduced, by the operation. Despite her complaints,
she received no help or treatment; one doctor at the facility only gave
her a cursory exam.
As a patient, knowing your doctor is licensed is vital. If you’ve
faced this kind of situation, you may be able to be compensated.