Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose is a common cause of action in medical malpractice litigation. After a review of government records and medical databases, USA Today in 2013 reported “In fact, unnecessary surgeries might account for 10% to 20% of all operations in some specialties, including a wide range of cardiac procedures — not only stents, but also angioplasty and pacemaker implants — as well as many spinal surgeries.” Unnecessary surgeries expose patients to potential surgery risks as well as the considerable costs involved.
Cardiologist Dr. Donald Kenneth Glaser, along with Raleigh General Hospital LLC and parent company LifePoint Hospitals Inc., are named in nearly 90 medical professional liability lawsuits. The court filings claim that Dr. Glaser and the hospital generated revenue from unnecessary medical procedures including cardiac catheterizations and angioplasties. Plaintiffs state that under Dr. Glaser’s direction, cardiac catheterization procedures jumped from 350 to 2,100 in the years from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Glaser was described by nurses as sleeping in patient rooms and operating on patients 18 to 21 hours a day.
One of the initial medical professional liability actions was filed in the Circuit Court of Raleigh County, West Virginia, by Mr. Earl Douglas Johnson. In 2011, Mr. Johnson underwent cardiac treatment at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia. He alleges that Dr. Glaser, his treating interventional cardiologist, performed a medically unnecessary angioplasty and inserted cardiac stents that were not medically necessary. He also alleges that RGH and other defendants, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., LifePoint Health, Inc., and LifePoint WV Holdings, Inc., the parent corporations of RGH, were negligent with regard to Dr. Glaser’s care, negligently hired and/or retained Dr. Glaser, negligently credentialed Dr. Glaser, and misrepresented their knowledge of Dr. Glaser’s alleged negligent acts. Mr. Johnson is one of approximately 80 patients who have filed similar individual claims.
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