A seasoned Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is likely to have encountered some particularly egregious medical professionals who are guilty are harming several patients over the course of their career. However, few doctors have likely caused as much damage, death, and suffering as a recently convicted former Chicago M.D. ABC Local News has the story.
The doctor is a 1970s graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School. He had a residency at Loyola after his graduation and had a promising future ahead of him. He worked in our city for many years, until he came upon some trouble in 2003. A medical mistake on his part ultimately resulted in a large Illinois medical malpractice settlement. The court judgments forced the doctor out of the state, and he eventually ended up opening a medical clinic in southern Ohio.
The doctor eventually set up several pain clinics offering cash only services that dispensed massive amount of the painkiller OxyContin. The doctor’s business boomed, but it was soon clear that the physician was handing out the drugs to anyone who had money to pay him regardless of their need or abuse of the substance. At its height, his business was the single largest distributor of OxyContin in the entire country.
His disbursements caught the attention of federal investigators who eventually uncovered his illegal schemes and charged him with a variety of crimes. According to those officials, as many as 18 individuals died only a few days after visiting his clinic from OxyContin overdoses. The doctor was recently convicted of several of those charges and will now face twenty years to life in prison for his conduct.
It remains shocking to our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti that some physicians are capable of abusing their position so much as to contribute to the deaths of dozens of their patients. Fortunately, the vast majority of area professionals would never dream of engaging in the deadly conduct like this criminal. However, many medical professionals often fail to perform their duties up to reasonable standards. When that occurs, be sure to contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights.
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