A New Jersey doctor is facing criminal charges following allegations of conspiracy, theft by deception and health care fraud. However, what may be even more upsetting to patients, is the medical malpractice and negligence behind the decision to strip him of his license to practice. Although he has been ordered to shell out $130,000 in civil penalties and just over $308,000 to reimburse the state for costs associated with the investigation, that might not be sufficient for his victims and their families.
Prior to having his license revoked, the doctor was suspended in 2011 following a criminal indictment. Before that he was still practicing and treating patients. According to the Board of Medical Examiners that recently stripped way his license, he engaged in a wide range of inappropriate behavior regarding various prescription drugs, including the negligent administration of steroid injections. Many patients were never told of the risks associated with these injections, some of which were allegedly administered without any type of justification.
His negligence apparently extended into other areas of his practice. The Board claims that he did not properly address dangerous symptoms exhibited by patients on multiple occasions, which included not ordering necessary follow up tests. Patients who were under sedation were also not adequately monitored.
New Jersey patients should be able to expect the utmost care and attention when approaching their doctors with serious concerns. Sadly, medical professionals are far from perfect, and some exercise negligence in their day-to-day practices. No patient deserves to be mistreated by a medical professional, especially when his or her life could be on the line, but this is still a sad reality for many victims. Although there is no way to undo the harm they have suffered, most people who have experienced harm at the hands of a physician can address the damages by navigating a medical malpractice suit to completion.
Source: Westfield, NJ Patch, "Union Doctor Has Medical License Revoked For 'Gross Malpractice'", Alexis Tarrazi, April 28, 2016