A doctor in Union County must pay a $130,000 civil penalty, reimburse the state $308,750 and be stripped of his medical license. According to the New Jersey Office of Attorney General, the doctor committed “gross and repeated” medical malpractice, fraud and other violations, including:
- Creating fictitious patient records
- Giving unnecessary steroid injections
- Failing to inform patients of possible side effects and risks
- Unnecessarily prescribed pain medication
- Did not monitor sedated patient vitals
- Did not follow up on potentially deadly symptoms and patient complaints
According to the Board of Medical Examiners, this doctor was a “fundamentally corrupt and/or incompetent practitioner” who exhibited a “shocking disregard for patient safety and welfare.” The doctor operated out of the Newark, Belleville, Union and South Orange areas of New Jersey.
What is the Difference Between Medical Negligence and Gross Medical Negligence?
We rely on physicians to make the right decisions to help us heal. However, medical negligence occurs when a physician fails to perform his or her medical duties in a manner that meets the standards of conduct set by a Board of Medical Examiners. The most common form of medical malpractice can include a mistake or an oversight caused by carelessness, such as:
- A mistake in prescription drugs
- An emergency room error
- A misdiagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Unnecessary procedures
On the other hand, gross medical negligence is when a physician acts in a manner that shows a complete disregard for the law, the medical oath they took and patient safety. The Union County doctor is a prime example, and his trial is ongoing.
If you are concerned your doctor is recommending drastic or unnecessary procedures, ignoring your complaints, ignoring your serious side effects or is overprescribing medication, it is important to first and foremost seek a second opinion and the medical attention you need. If you sustain injuries as a result of this type of malpractice, an attorney can determine what your rights are in your particular situation.