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Unnecessary but lucrative procedures

Some readers of our Covington medical malpractice blog will recall a post we published back in October on an Indiana cardiologist. The New York Times had run a thought-provoking investigative piece on a doctor who retired in 2014, leaving behind hundreds of angry and injured former patients.

A more recent article in a legal journal gave us more details on the disturbing allegations against the heart doctor. Nearly 300 people are pressing legal claims against him, many accusing him of implanting unneeded defibrillators and pacemakers and routinely carrying out medically unnecessary procedures.

The first verdict in the long line of cases against Dr. Arvind Gandhi of Munster, Indiana, arrived in early December. A jury found in favor of a woman whose husband died after he went to Gandhi for treatments to remedy an infected pacemaker. She was awarded $450,000.

Some of the former patients have 15 or more allegations of malpractice against the retired doctor, accusing him of repeatedly scheduling angiograms, for instance. Some patients had the invasive procedures scheduled every six months, with one patient receiving 21, according to Indiana Lawyer.

"There is no such thing as a routine angiogram," an attorney with a law firm representing some plaintiffs said. He noted that a doctor who reviewed a dozen instances in which defibrillators were implanted by Gandhi found that 7 were medically unneeded.

The former doctor is also being investigated for Medicaid fraud because some of the potentially unneeded procedures were billed to the federal program.

Those who have had unnecessary procedures carried out on them know that there are risks and injuries associated with even the most routine and common medical measures. Damage can be physical, emotional – and long-lasting. A law firm experienced in complex medical malpractice cases can help you pursue compensation and justice.

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