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Doctor being sued and license revoked

A Texas neurosurgeon is being held responsible for the wrongful death of two former patients who underwent botched surgeries, according to the Texas Medical Board. One living patient filed a lawsuit in county court this week, accusing the doctor of making costly mistakes during her surgery as well. After a somewhat routine posterior lumbar interbody fusion, the women emerged from surgery in a wheelchair and thousands of dollars in debt.

According to the lawsuit, there were 38 mistakes made during the plaintiff's surgery. The most critical was when the patient's spinal nerve was punctured with a screw, causing her to have partially paralyzed quadriceps and a bilateral foot drop. The lawsuit reveals, in a description of the operating room scene, that the doctor's attending medical personnel had questioned his manner of treatment and suspected that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

When it came to the doctor's attention that he had messed up the surgery, he proposed another procedure to repair his mistakes, but the hospital had revoked his admitting privileges. Another surgeon operated and submitted a 13-page letter to the court detailing the many errors made in the first surgery. He also expressed suspicion that the doctor had been impaired during the procedure. The state of Texas has indefinitely suspended the medical license of the doctor on trial, and his patient is seeking unspecified damages.

Unfortunately, even when doctors are sober and aware, medical mistakes can happen. In any case, a patient who has been the victim of malpractice may wish to seek the legal advice of a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with Texas law. Such an attorney may help an individual file a lawsuit and may be able to determine an appropriate amount of monetary compensation.

Source: Dallas Observer , "Dr. Christopher Duntsch, Plano surgeon suspended for killing patients, gets sued for maplractice", Erik Nicholson, June 28, 2013

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