In every profession, most people are caring, honest, and trustworthy. The medical profession is no different. Most doctors uphold the Hippocratic Oath, to which they swear to “do no harm” to their patients. However, a small percentage of doctors do not. Because of these doctors and medical professionals, medical error has become the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Your doctor is one person who you believe you can trust. There are too many instances where this is just not true.
Early this year, there was another gross example of medical malpractice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The following information was taken from a January 3, 2017 article in the Albuquerque Journal.
“In one set of cases, patients were told they could alleviate their lower back pain by an injection of untested and unauthorized hot bone cement. In another set, patients agreed to unnecessary implants of pacemakers and other medical devices after being told their conditions were so serious they might die on their way home.”
The two sets of medical malpractice cases were the biggest in decades in New Mexico and involved so many alleged victims that lawyers had to turn potential clients away.
Both sets of cases were rooted in southern New Mexico and involved smaller hospitals that allegedly allowed rogue doctors to take advantage of unwitting patients. Both included major out-of-state corporations as defendants.
The lawsuits involving an Alamogordo pain specialist who performed unorthodox spine treatments that harmed dozens of patients continue to drag on in the courts. However, the other litigation against a Las Cruces osteopathic cardiologist, Demosthenes Klonis, who was accused of implanting unnecessary pacemakers in patients, ended in 2016 with a series of secret settlements worth millions of dollars.
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