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August 3, 2012
In the United States, doctors have a responsibility to provide patients with safe and quality care and any failure to do so can be considered negligence. When a doctor fails to do this, a patient who has been injured can file a medical malpractice claim.
One Columbus, Ohio, area podiatrist is facing litigation in nine separate Ohio medical malpractice lawsuits right now, each claiming that botched procedures led to painful and permanent bodily damage and in one case, death. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the doctor has faced 21 malpractice cases in his tenure as a doctor, more than half of which have been filed in the last three years.
Most of the cases revolve around surgeries that don’t fix the patient’s condition, resulting in the amputation of a limb. For instance, a nursing assistant claims she broke her ankle in 2005. Five years and four unsuccessful surgeries later, her leg was amputated just below the knee.
The doctor has since resigned his surgery privileges at two local facilities after “…feeling pressured by orthopedic surgeons who were not happy that a podiatrist was performing highly technical surgeries such as ankle replacements.” according to a spokesman for the doctor, Robin Yocum.
The Cleveland, Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would like to remind patients of their right to question a doctor’s diagnosis and to never hesitate to seek a second opinion from another qualified physician.
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