New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys at Console & Hollawell Respond to New York Doctor Losing License to Practice Following 40 Claims of Malpractice

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The Hoboken personal injury attorneys were relieved to hear about the case of a New York State cosmetic surgeon losing his license for good, but were concerned that he had reportedly been sued for medical malpractice 40 times before the New York State Department of Health decided to step in, according to the Staten Island Advance.*

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In my twenty years practicing personal injury law I have seen numerous repeat offenders with regards to medical malpractice claims.

The Hoboken personal injury attorneys were relieved to hear about the case of a New York State cosmetic surgeon losing his license for good, but were concerned that he had reportedly been sued for medical malpractice 40 times before the New York State Department of Health decided to step in, according to the Staten Island Advance.*

Last December, cosmetic surgeon Robert Cattani had his medical license revoked after the New York State Department of Health decided that he was a threat to residents of the state. There had been more than 40 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Cattani since receiving his license to practice in 1968, according to the Staten Island Advance.* In September 2012, the state’s Health Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct found Cattani to be guilty of 10 charges of professional misconduct, including gross negligence, incompetence, and inaccurate record-keeping, according to the Staten Island Advance report.*

Hudson County accident lawyer, Richard P. Console, Jr. explained that, “In my twenty years practicing personal injury law I have seen numerous repeat offenders with regards to medical malpractice claims.”

That is not a surprise as data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (as cited in a study released by the Center for Justice & Democracy) illustrated that 82 percent of doctors have never made a medical malpractice payment and that 5.6 percent of all doctors in the United States account for 57.8 percent of all medical malpractice claims (each of these doctors making two or more payments). This means that a very small percentage of medical professionals are facing these charges much to the contrary of what is typically depicted with regards to the medical malpractice claim climate.**

Further, the report illustrated that only:

  •     8.6 percent of doctors who made two or more claim payments faced disciplinary action by their state board
  •     11.71 percent of doctors who made three or more claim payments faced disciplinary action by their state board
  •     14.75 percent of doctors who made four or more claim payments faced disciplinary action by their state board
  •     33.26 percent of doctors who made 10 or more claim payments faced disciplinary action by their state board**

“What is it that keeps state medical boards from taking action in cases where medical professionals have been found to be negligent in the care of their patients,” Console asked. “This is more than simply not taking action following one case of medical malpractice; some of these doctors are causing serious injuries to their patients time and time again.”

When negligence or error on the part of a medical professional results in the injury or death of a patient, that patient has the right to pursue compensation. The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have dedicated their professional careers to holding careless doctors accountable for their actions.

** http://centerjd.org/content/briefing-book-medical-malpractice-numbers

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