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Victim blames surgery gone wrong on unqualified physician

When receiving treatment from a doctor, most New Jersey patients expect that he or she is properly certified to perform health care services. An out-of-state woman did not discover that the physician she had been seeing for years was not actually qualified to be a health care provider until a different doctor discovered serious damage from the previous procedures she underwent. More than one apparent surgery gone wrong resulted in permanent damage to her foot.

Suffering from an undisclosed condition in her right foot, the victim initially sought treatment in 2008 from the physician named in her suit, although she had received some prior treatment in 2006. She continued to see the physician and went through a total of three different procedures on her foot. However, none of them actually appeared to address the near constant pain from which she was suffering. Instead of exploring the issue further, she claims that he simply administered varying regimens of either medication or inoculations.

While her regular physician was on a vacation and unavailable to see her, the patient went to a different physician for treatment. He successfully removed a cyst from her foot, but ordered follow up X-rays due to concerns that her pain was not subduing. According to that physician's examination of the X-ray results, the bone in the victim's right foot had been seriously reduced during her procedures with her initial physician. The elimination of too much of her foot bone allegedly caused the ongoing pain that the woman experienced, although her first physician claimed that her pain was caused by a foot condition and not his actions during her procedures.

Her suit not only claims that she suffered from multiple instances of negligence and medical malpractice, but that the physician was not even a qualified health care provider until 2012. For these allegations, her suit seeks compensation for her medical expenses and pain and suffering, among other damages. New Jersey victims who have been injured in a similar act of a surgery gone wrong may be well advised to note that even unqualified health care providers can still be held responsible for medical malpractice.

Source: louisianarecord.com, "Medical malpractice claim filed against doctor who allegedly performed surgeries without being certified", Max Schramel, May 21, 2015

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