For those of us who have been following Dr. Mark Weinberger, the Merrillville ENT who has multiple malpractice lawsuits and a federal fraud lawsuit over the last couple of years, it makes you wonder how a doctor can say he performed surgical procedures and not have performed them. We patients put our trust in the doctors we see and when they commit medical malpractice, bill for services they do not provide, or perform unnecessary services, we feel betrayed.
There appears to be a case similar to Weinberger's brewing on the horizon in New York. ThePoughkeepsie Journal recently ran a story about an orthopedic surgeon, Spyros Panos, MD. The title of the article is “Lawyers Consider Filing About 100 Malpractice Cases against Dr. Spyros Panos.” The article reports that there are 10 medical malpractice lawsuits pending alleging that the doctor for performing surgeries and intentionally not treating or improperly treating his patients' injuries and many more on the horizon. Apparently, Dr. Panos is no longer with his medical group and resigned his hospital privileges.
Medical malpractice attorneys get a bad rap in the press and by the medical community; however, we are needed to root out situations such as the ones reported here and in New York. Without a number of medical malpractice lawsuit being filed, individual patients and hospitals would not be able to connect the dots regarding healthcare providers that maybe causing injury in a community.
As a medical malpractice attorney who has represented injured patients as well as doctors and hospitals, I can tell you first hand that most patients and most doctors have the best of intentions. Just because a patient is injured when a doctor dropped the ball in a procedure does not mean the doctor is a bad doctor; however, when you start to see a number of lawsuits being filed against a doctor there is usually something that is going on.
On a personal note, I have treated with a number of doctors who I represented in medical malpractice claims because I believe they are good doctors. However, before I would undergo a surgical procedure I would like to know my doctor' medical malpractice claims history so I can be a well informed consumer/patient.
If you have any questions about a potential Northwest Indiana medical malpractice claim, you can call our Michigan City medical malpractice attorney at (219) 874-4878.