A former international fugitive and high-profile negligent doctor will face a judge and jury in his first trial on Monday after five year on the run. According to the Indy Star, the Hammond plastic surgeon has been charged by countless victims for basic negligence, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
At least two dozen former patients (and likely many more) have already stepped forward to share their stories heartbreak following their work with this negligent doctor. The first case to go to trial is a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the victims of one family whose mother was killed after the doctor failed to diagnose her lung cancer. The family filed the suit in 2004, which prompted the doctor to flee the country. Authorities were unable to find the man for 5 ½ years until he was finally apprehended on an Italian mountainside in mid-December 2009.
Besides this medical malpractice case, the doctor is also facing 22 counts of health-care fraud related to the substantial Medicare and Medicaid fraud he perpetrated while his practice was open. He has plead guilty to those counts and will be sentenced by the end of next month.
Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain saddened by the way come of the most reckless physicians place so little value in the life of their patients. The justice system exists specifically because these innocent victims and their families deserve a fair change at redress. We are proud to stand up to these medical bullies and protect the rights of their unsuspecting patients.
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