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Lawsuits allege hospital kept dangerous doctor on staff


It is a story no one wants to hear. A doctor with a history of botched surgeries and alleged drug use being allowed to continue his practice. That was the scenario that has led to a pile of lawsuits against one back surgeon who is alleged to have left many of his patients permanently disabled or dead.

Though the doctor's previous employer had said he was mentally ill or an alcoholic or a drug addict because of his behavior, a major hospital hired the doctor, paying him as much as $50,000 a month. After that time, several unnecessary or botched surgeries took place, leaving patients with severe, irreparable injuries. In one instance, an assisting surgeon had to physically intervene after he or she noticed the doctor was about to cause serious spinal cord damage to the patient. But the doctor refused to halt. In other instances, patients died shortly from blood clots after their operations.

While lawsuits pend against this doctor and the hospital that hired and kept him on staff, the victims must try to move on with their lives. This can be difficult when one faces a worsened medical condition or permanent disability, as what the individual once loved to do may now be impossible. The emotional turmoil associated with such a loss can be overbearing and can be exacerbated when the victim has to find a way to pay for his or her bills.

This is where a medical malpractice lawsuit can be beneficial. Victims who succeed on a claim or reach a settlement may receive compensation to help cover their damages. This money may help pay for medical expenses that have been incurred and those that may arise in the future. Also, lost wages and pain and suffering may be compensated for.

Those victims in Massachusetts can find a local attorney to help them bring their claim. An experienced attorney will aggressively seek to show a defendant's negligence, increasing the likelihood of recovery.

Source: WFAA ABC 8, "Lawsuits allege Baylor Plano let 'dangerous' doctor operate," Brett Shipp, Feb. 10, 2014

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