$7.4 Million in Medical Malpractice Suit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

$7.4 Million in Medical Malpractice Suit

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center will pay $7.4 million to settle its part in a class-action lawsuit accusing a cardiologist of performing unnecessary heart procedures. Dr. Mehmood M. Patel faces 94 criminal counts in a federal case involving 78 patients. A meeting will be held next month to discuss scheduling a federal trial for Patel, who is accused of billing Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies $2.5 million for unnecessary procedures. Prosecutors have said some of the operations resulted in complications and serious injuries. Patel could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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