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Anesthesiologist settles lawsuit based upon surgery gone wrong

Patients in New Jersey should be able to trust their attending healthcare providers to only act and perform within both the limits of their ability as well as their licensing. A doctor in New Jersey has been accused of improperly acting outside of his abilities and, as such, lost his license. He has been targeted as the attending doctor during more than one surgery gone wrong.

In 2008, a New Jersey patient underwent spinal fusion surgery. However, it turns out that the doctor wasn't actually a neurosurgeon at all. In actuality, he was an anesthesiologist whose surgical training consisted of a few weeks of working with cadavers. Due to the outcome of that surgery, the patient filed a medical malpractice claim, alleging that the doctor was not properly trained to perform the surgery. This claim was recently settled.

Additionally, other patients have apparently come forward and filed lawsuits against the doctor. One claim was recently settled in March 2014. The woman in that case alleged that her spinal surgery was severely mishandled and that she is now paralyzed due to the doctor’s lack of training.

In addition to the multiple lawsuits that the former doctor faces, New Jersey revoked his license in Feb. 2014. The terms of the most recent settlement includes $425,000 from the doctor himself, with an additional $190,000 coming from the surgery center and another doctor. In instances such as this, patients may find themselves facing not only an onslaught of medical bills stemming from a surgery gone wrong, but there is often an emotional aftermath that must also be dealt with. Although financial recourse can never undo any damage that was done, any compensation received through either the successful litigation or the settlement of a medical malpractice claim can help to tackle any medical bills and the emotional toll that a patient might be suffering as a direct result of a doctor’s misconduct.

Source: nj.com, "Ex-Pompton Lakes doctor settles improper spinal surgery claims for $425,000, report says", Kathryn Brenzel, June 26, 2014

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