It’s not hard to sympathize with medical malpractice victims. Allowing a doctor to treat and diagnose you requires absolute trust. When that trust is broken, patients often experience both serious injuries and emotional trauma.
Imagine this: you go to your doctor complaining of dizziness, shortness of breath or nausea, and he or she tells you that you have coronary artery disease, which could put you at risk for a heart attack. In order to ensure that your arteries do not become severely blocked, your doctor tells you that you’ll need a stent.
The condition sounds very serious, so you agree. The procedure is painful and expensive, but you recover. Later, you learn that your doctor has been accused of conducting hundreds of unnecessary stent procedures to keep money coming into his hospital. How would you feel?
More than 250 people in Maryland could tell you exactly how it feels. That’s how many people are suing St. Joseph Medical Center over unnecessary heart procedures.
A Renowned Cardiologist Is At The Center Of The Scandal
Mark G. Midei was a respect heart surgeon four years ago, before evidence of malpractice began coming to light. Not only did he subject hundred of his patients to unnecessary surgeries, he falsified his records to cover his tracks. Most of his patients only experienced minor artery clogging and would have benefited from less invasive treatments.
The Maryland Board of Physicians revoked Midei’s medical license, and he is now working as a health consultant.
If you believe that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, your first step should be to contact a personal injury lawyer in your area. Medical issues are very complicated, and the laws that define ethical practices are even more intricate.
At Duboff & Associates, you can rely on lawyers with more than 50 years of combined experience. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable personal-injury lawyer in Baltimore, call us today at 443-912-0002.
The Owner Of St. Joseph Medical Center Recently Settled The Medical-Malpractice Case
The Baltimore Sun reports that a class-action lawsuit ended when the owner of the hospital agreed to settle for $37 million. Up to 273 of Midei’s former patients could receive payments through the settlement, but they have the option to pursue their own lawsuits if they wish.
Many of the patients still have open lawsuits filed against the hospital and must decide whether to accept a settlement or to continue pursuing compensation through their individual claims. The owner of the hospital sold the property to the University of Maryland more than two years ago, but the legal ramifications of Dr. Midei’s actions may stretch for years into the future.
If you were injured through reckless surgical practices, a failure to properly diagnose or an unnecessary medical procedure, we can help you seek justice through a medical-malpractice lawsuit. The scope of such lawsuits is not limited to doctors and surgeons. If any medical professional mistreated you during your time in a hospital and their negligence led to an injury, the hospital may be liable.
To learn if your situation warrants a claim, call us today at 443-912-0002.