Ohio patients may be interested to learn that a doctor was sentenced to 45 years in prison on July 10 after he was convicted for defrauding his patients. According to news reports, the practitioner had administered at least 2,000 chemotherapy treatments on patients who either did not have cancer or who no longer needed to the treatments.
The doctor reportedly misdiagnosed a number of patients with cancer before administering excessive chemotherapy treatments that were unneeded and excessive. Ultimately, approximately 550 patients were involved. He allegedly received approximately $34.7 million in payments. Although his restitution hearing was scheduled to take place at a later date, he agreed to turn over more than $17 million.
Former patients and loved ones of those who died following the treatments were allowed to speak at the doctor's sentencing. Many patients had lost teeth, lost their hair and lost cells in their reproductive systems and mouths. One person who never had cancer but received chemotherapy reported that he would have to take medication for the rest of his life.
Patients expect their doctors to provide the best care possible. However, a misdiagnosis or the use of a wrong medication can cause serious injuries or illness to a patient. If there is evidence that negligence resulted in the injuries, the patient may potentially have the grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against both the physician and his or her employer. Depending on the circumstances, the patient could potentially seek compensation for a variety of damages, including the costs of the subsequent required treatment, physical and emotional side effects and lost wages.
Source: Yahoo, "Dr. Farid Fata Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison as Cancer Misdiagnosis Victims Tell All", Jenna Birch, July 10, 2015