Falsifying medical records and performing needless procedures has, unfortunately, become a major problem with healthcare in the United States. Healthcare professionals can make hundreds of thousands of dollars (some even millions) by engaging in fraud. In New York in 2009, for example, the state recovered nearly $300 million from providers engaged in kickbacks, deals with drug companies or overcharging for services. Victims of medical malpractice should consider discussing their case with a Maryland personal injury attorney.
Lawsuits on behalf of 101 patients allege that a Maryland hospital was engaged in conspiracy, negligence and fraud. They also allege that doctors at the hospital and others in Maryland performed hundreds of unnecessary procedures, particularly regarding the placement of stents. Doctors use stents to prevent or lessen any blockage of blood flow. These lawsuits allege that doctors falsified medical records to make it appear that healthy arteries required stents for blockages. The doctors then placed mesh stents into the patients’ healthy veins.
The Maryland hospital sent nearly 600 letters to patients of one particular doctor accused of needlessly inserting stents. It only offered patients compensation for out of pocket medication expenses and follow up visits. Attorneys for the patients thought that this amount fell short of the $20,000 to $50,000 the patients would require for the rest of their lives to treat the needless procedures.