Medical Malpractice at Its Worst
As a medical patient, you trust your doctor, nurses and hospital to provide you with quality care and treatment. Patients place substantial trust in their medical teams, and expect to get the accepted standard of care in surgical procedures, treatments and recovery. While most of us will never face a serious complications from medical treatment, some will become victims of horrendous injuries at the hands of their doctors.
In December of 2011, Doctor Christopher Duntsch made the conscious decision to purposefully botch surgeries and endanger his patients’ lives. He admitted to transitioning from a medical professional to a “…cold blooded killer.” He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and injury to a patient. Court records provided substantial evidence to prove that Duntsch was recklessly and knowingly harming patients, all while his employer continued to let him operate and take on patients. Baylor Regional Medical Center of Plano, Mr. Duntsch’s place of employment, continued to allow him to work and the Texas Medical Board did not revoke his license for over a year after charges were filed – even after multiple complaints.
Who is responsible when surgeons make errors?
While the case of Christopher Duntsch may seem isolated, there are other similar cases throughout the nation. Currently, there are numerous cases filed against various doctors and medical professionals, and surgical errors are one of the leading causes of injury and death for patients who have undergone a surgical procedure. In Indiana alone, 43.2% of all reported healthcare events in 2013 are surgical errors; which begs the question – who is responsible when a surgeon makes a mistake?
Depending on specific circumstances, one or more individuals or professional entities may be to blame. If, for example, a surgeon has been knowingly committing botched surgeries or procedures (as in Duntsch’s case) it may be up to the hospital to ensure that the doctor is no longer in contact with patients. If patients have filed complaints against a doctor with a medical board, the medical board should be investigating the claims and potentially suspend or revoke a professional’s license.
Representation for Victims of Surgical Errors
Have you been injured as a result of a surgical error? Has a loved one suffered harm in an Indiana hospital because of a negligent, reckless or botched operation? If so, it is important to know that you are not alone. At the law firm of Baker Gilchrist Attorneys at Law, we are proud to offer nearly 50 years of combined litigation experience in handling complex medical malpractice cases, and we may be able to help you, too. You should never be in the position of fighting the legal teams representing large hospitals, doctors or medical boards without quality legal representation.
If you have been injured, we encourage you to immediately contact our Indianapolis office and speak with a trusted lawyer today. We will review the facts in your case, and our goal is to help our clients seek justice and full compensation in cases of surgical error. Contact our team to schedule a case evaluation as soon as possible.
- Washington Post: Sociopath Neurosurgeon Accused Of Intentionally Botching Operations
- State of Indiana: Indiana Medical Error Report