New York Surgeon Sued for Performing Fraudulent Surgeries
The shocking investigation of a prominent New York orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Spyros Panos, has raised many questions about how to respond to possible medical negligence or malpractice. Dr. Panos is currently under investigation for performing fraudulent surgeries in New York including one that resulted in the death of an elderly patient, Constance Nenni. Dr. Panos was supposed to have performed arthroscopic knee surgery on the 76 year old Mrs. Nenni, but instead of actually removing the dead or damaged tissue from her knee, Dr. Panos only scoped her knee and stitched her back up. Mrs. Nenni died within 24 hours from a pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Spyros Panos is currently facing more than 250 other legal actions according to records in the Supreme Court of Duchess County, NY. In addition to facing penalties related to fraudulent surgeries in New York, Dr. Panos also the object of complaints involving unnecessary or excessive surgical procedures and medical negligence. Dr. Panos is also the subject of a criminal investigation originating from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Fraudulent surgeries in New York
This incident involving Mrs. Nenni has prompted many patients of Dr. Panos to seek legal assistance from NY medical negligence attorneys. Speaking to a qualified legal professional who has experience in medical malpractice cases can offer valuable insights into whether a doctor or hospital may be liable for an anesthesia error, surgical mistake, prescription drug error, misdiagnosis, improper treatment or death. In New York, the time limit for bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit is typically 30 months, although this may be extended in special cases, so discussing a questionable medical outcome with an attorney should be done as quickly as possible.
Determining if a doctor is actually liable for medical malpractice is dependent upon three elements: there was an existing patient-doctor relationship, the physician failed to provide competent medical treatment, and that this negligence caused the resulting injury to the patient. Most medical malpractice cases hinge upon whether the physician acted incompetently. The typical competency standard used by the courts is whether another physician of the same specialty would have acted similarly to the defendant.
Compensation awarded in malpractice cases
In New York, medical malpractice cases may produce judgments with three types of damages. The first is known as compensatory damages and is intended to compensate victims for costs related to the incident including medical expenses and lost wages. Non-economic damages are the second type of awards and include compensation for intangible harms including physical impairment, loss of a spouse, or pain and suffering. The final type of damages is punitive, which may be available in some cases where the physician acted with malice or intent to defraud. Because Dr. Spyros Panos performed fraudulent surgeries in New York, he is at particular risk of a judgment involving punitive damages.
NY medical negligence attorneys
Victims of medical malpractice in New York may be entitled to significant compensation to cover related medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, pain and suffering. If you have suffered injuries caused by medical mistakes or doctor negligence, and want to learn more about your legal rights and eligibility for filing a lawsuit, The Sanders Firm offers complimentary consultations with no obligation. Call our law offices toll-free at 1.800 FAIR PLAY