Two doctors will likely face fines in a proposed settlement from the state Board of Medicine disciplinary committee for their medical malpractice.
In one case, the physician failed to comply with patient care standards with regard to a seriously injured patient in the ER when he did not perform a rectal exam despite signs of pelvic trauma and rectal bleeding. More than a week later, a pelvic CT scan revealed that the patient had a rare flesh-eating disease. A medical malpractice lawsuit filed in this case settled out of court for $345,000. The fine imposed by the Board of Medicine would require this doctor to pay $4,000 and reimburse the state $5,500 for its costs. It would also require the doctor to take five hours of continuing medical education.
The second case involves a doctor who is the first physician in his state to face a penalty for providing a falsified expert medical opinion in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although the doctor was unqualified to provide a medical opinion and had not made a reasonable effort to investigate the defendant-doctor’s role in the wrongful death of a patient, he provided a sworn medical opinion for a medical malpractice lawsuit. The proposed settlement calls for the doctor to pay a $10,000 fine and reimburse the state $6,000 for its costs. Additionally, the doctor would have to complete 6 hours of continuing medical education and perform 100 hours of community service. Lastly, he would be permanently prohibited from being an expert in medical malpractice lawsuits unless required by subpoena to testify.
These cases not only put patients’ lives at stake, but also placed the integrity of our justice system in jeopardy. If doctor’s friends are able to testify, without knowledge and without penalty, the civil justice system will not achieve it’s purpose: justice.
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