A Texas jury just found a neurosurgeon guilty of maiming an elderly woman during surgery, which could result in a life prison sentence. The man was found guilty of first degree injury to an elderly person. The prison sentence for that crime is typically between 5 and 99 years.
The victim was 74 in 2012 when she received back surgery from the doctor. She lost a third of her blood and the use of her leg when the doctor misplaced surgical hardware inside her body. The doctor was accused of crippling four patients and causing the death of two patients between July 2012 and June 2013. He was arrested in 2015 on five aggravated assault charges, but his trial only focused on one patient.
The defense described the doctor in the trial as a badly trained, very unskilled doctor. His operating room was described as chaotic and full of distractions. The prosecution, on the other hand, said the doctor knew what he was doing and had 17 years of training and research. The prosecution alleged the doctor told an employee he was a “stone cold killer”.
In addition to the criminal trial, a malpractice suit in connection with the doctor’s actions was filed against Baylor Healthcare System, which the plaintiff alleged knew that the doctor was dangerous but still allowed him to perform surgeries. One patient who was left disabled after the doctor botched a spinal surgery said that another surgeon had objected to the doctor’s procedures and physically tried to stop the doctor from further harm to the patient. The patient also alleged that the doctor was using alcohol, cocaine, and prescription drugs.
The job of doctors and other healthcare providers is to deliver high-quality medical care to patients. When a doctor or other healthcare provider fails to do so, and a patient is harmed as a result, the patient can sue the provider for medical malpractice.
If you are in the Houston area and you believe you have been harmed by a doctor’s negligence, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Twitter to learn more.