A single Ohio podiatrist faces nine active medical malpractice lawsuits against him, according to the Columbus Dispatch. This is practically unheard of in the legal community.
As the report reveals, four of his patients were forced to undergo amputations due to the podiatrist’s grave medical mistakes. One patient had surgery in 2007 for what she believed to be knee spurs. Eight unsuccessful surgeries later, she had to have her left leg amputated.
Another patient broke her left leg while on duty as a nursing assistant. In the five years following the accident, she had four surgeries to fix the problem. All four surgeries were unsuccessful, forcing her to also undergo amputation.
Grant Medical Center, where the podiatrist performed the surgeries, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuits. After 26 years there, the podiatrist recently resigned his privileges. However, he continues to operate his own practice and retained his privileges at two other local surgery centers.
A spokesman for the accused physician explained that he performed about 600 surgeries a year and also handled a number of high-risk cases that other doctors were not ready to take on. However, many of the plaintiffs deny that they were high-risk.
One of the patients said that she had pain in her left foot prior to seeing the podiatrist, but she was nevertheless able to play with her kids and grandkids before surgery. Now she has to use both a wheelchair and a walker, and wear a prosthetic lower leg. This clearly prohibits her from performing many regular activities.
Another 55-year-old patient stated that he had no pain, but as a diabetic, he still paid a customary visit to his physician to have his feet checked. His botched operation left him with right ankle brace, so he is unable to fish and hunt as he used to.
Records show that the Ohio-based podiatrist was actually named in 12 other malpractice lawsuits, dating back 21 years. Nearly half of these lawsuits settled out of court. The state has yet to take disciplinary action.
The wrongful death lawsuit against him involves even more devastating injuries
than the botched ankle surgeries. Eight hours after surgery to repair
his Achilles tendon, one of the podiatrist’s patients died in the
hospital room because he was allegedly oversedated and not properly monitored.
Unfortunately, serious medical mistakes like these are happening around the nation. A recent article reported by myfoxphilly.com tells of a local family who claim that a medical error at a Philadelphia hospital resulted in the death of their 99-year-old grandmother.
The family says that workers at the hospital rushed the elderly woman’s cancer treatment in 2011. As a consequence, the huge head of a linear accelerator struck the woman in the pelvis. Six months later, she died. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you fight back against these types of deadly medical mistakes.