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Hospital negligence allows suspended doctor to treat patient

Most individuals trust that the doctors attending to their medical conditions have the knowledge and skills to do their best with the situation. It is likely also assumed that a doctor has the ability to treat patients in accordance with applicable laws. Unfortunately, these assumptions may not always prove true, and hospital negligence could allow an unfit doctor to practice, which can harm patients.

New Jersey readers may be interested in such a situation that took place in another state. Reports indicated that a man had gone to the hospital in 2014 due to stomach pain and vomiting. The man apparently had gallstones, but the doctor attending to him stated that an "anatomical abnormality" prevented surgery to remove the stones. As a result, the man was placed in a medically-induced coma for over a month.

When a second opinion was eventually obtained, it was determined that surgery could be performed as no abnormality existed. Reports stated that the doctor who originally treated the patient had been suspended by the state medical board after issues relating to another patient's case. As a result, the doctor should not have had the ability to attend to the man involved in this case. The patient filed a lawsuit, and the jury awarded the man $43 million. The situation was recently settled for $9 million.

When a doctor is allowed to practice without the proper credentials or approval from the medical board, it is an example of gross hospital negligence. If New Jersey patients have suffered due to such circumstances, they may wish to consider taking legal action of their own. Information on filing medical malpractice claims may help them determine their best options for moving forward.

Source:, "ETMC negotiates $9 million settlement in negligence suit", Jan. 31, 2018

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