Kentucky Heart Doctor Barred for Implanting Unnecessary Pacemakers
When doctors make mistakes, the results can be devastating. Through the civil court system, our medical malpractice lawyers at Hare Wynn can help patients hold physicians accountable when they’ve committed negligence, and failed to meet the standard of care for their patients.
In some cases, however, doctors can stand accused of more than civil negligence: Some medical professionals may actually be committing intentional acts of wrongdoing, and ignoring the standard of care altogether. In one recent example, former Kentucky heart doctor Anis Chalhoub was criminally charged for implanting unnecessary pacemakers into his patients. According to the prosecution, Chalhoub had intentionally done this to profit from his patients’ suffering, by billing Medicare and other insurance providers for the additional procedures.
Anis Chalhoub was convicted on health care fraud charges back in April, and in October he received his sentence – 42 months in prison, with a court order to pay more than $250,000 in restitution to the insurance companies, as well as $50,000 in fines. In November, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure formally barred him from practicing in the state, although Chalhoub has already filed to appeal this decision.
Holding Physicians Accountable for Serious Injuries
In addition to committing health care fraud and violating patient consent laws, Chalhoub also may have committed medical malpractice. Implanting a pacemaker is a difficult and invasive surgical procedure, one that can dramatically increase a patient’s risk of injury and post-surgery complication. It also introduces the possibility that the pacemaker will malfunction, causing an otherwise stable patient to become injured or even die.
When doctors place profits above the patients they serve, anyone who has been harmed by their intentional acts can pursue compensation in the form of a lawsuit. In the case of Mr. Chalhoub, any patients who had unnecessary pacemakers implanted could be eligible to recover damages, to pay for any related medical treatments or doctor visits.
If you’ve been injured by the wrongful acts of a medical professional, our team at Hare Wynn can assist you. We’ve been fighting on behalf of medical malpractice victims for more than 125 years combined, and we have the experience and legal knowledge to pursue maximum compensation.
Contact our compassionate legal team at (855) 997-9319 for a complimentary case evaluation.