In an unusual story, a New Jersey neurologist who admitted to having an affair with a patient who suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been ordered to pay the woman $3.2 million.
According to NJ.com, the woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Jonathan Fellus, of Glen Rock, who admitted to having a five-month long affair with her starting in September 2008.
The woman reportedly suffered a TBI in a car accident, which her attorneys argued left her unable to consent to the affair, as it affected her judgment. Following a trial, a jury awarded the woman $1.5 million for compensatory damages and $1.7 million in punitive damages.
Fellus’ lawyers said that they plan to appeal the verdict. Since admitting to the affair, he has been barred from practicing medicine for three years by the state Board of Medical Examiners.
The woman’s TBI reportedly includes an injury to her frontal lobe, which controls her emotions—she claims that she regularly suffers from panic attacks and seizure-like episodes, and that she said she had to quit her job as a teacher due to her cognitive problems.
You Can Hold an Unsafe Doctor Liable
As this disturbing case shows, you can hold a healthcare provider and/or doctor liable for injuries you may suffer. Through a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can collect damages if you are the victim of an assault, or if you have suffered due to surgical error and/or misdiagnosis.
The trust you have with your doctor should be absolute. If you believe that you have been injured in any way through his or her care, speak to our Atlantic City medical malpractice attorneys about your legal rights.
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