Surgeon Charged for Performing Unnecessary Procedures

by | Oct 1, 2015 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice, Surgical Errors |

Knowing or discovering that your surgeon performed surgeries and tests
you didn’t need just to make money would upset you, and if it happened
to you, you should know that you can make a claim for medical malpractice.
Your attorney has information on malpractice claims, but if you have the
evidence to show that you went through unnecessary procedures, you could
have the right to compensation. The people in this story may be in a similar
situation as you.

A cardiologist in Westlake has been found guilty of charging patients for
procedures that weren’t necessary. These unnecessary procedures
were performed so the doctor could obtain additional insurance payouts,
but the real issue is that patients have had unnecessary treatments, some
of which could have been dangerous for them to be put through.

The Sept. 25 news report stated that the 56-year-old doctor had performed
unnecessary stent insertions, tests, catheterizations and even allowed
for unnecessary bypass surgeries to be performed on patient’s hearts
just to be able to bill Medicare and other insurance companies.

After a four-week trial was completed, he was accused of and found guilty
of 13 counts of false statements related to health-care matters, money
laundering and health care fraud. For all the fraud committed, the surgeon
could face up to 20 years in federal prison, but it’s not believed
that he will receive the entire length of the sentence.

The surgeon has argued that the tests and surgeries he ordered were necessary
based on his own discretion, but the court did not agree. On top of the
fraud case, several of his former patients have stepped forward to file
medical malpractice lawsuits against him.


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