The system that failed to protect patients in the cases involving Dr. Christopher Duntsch continues to fail the public.
DALLAS (PRWEB) September 28, 2018
Dallas attorney, Kay Van Wey is featured in a new podcast, Dr. Death by Wondery, which puts a spotlight on a deadly Dallas neurosurgeon, Christopher Duntsch. Dr. Duntsch seriously injured more than 30 patients and killed two over the course of a few years at multiple Dallas area hospitals.
Van Wey, a board certified Texas personal injury and medical malpractice attorney is featured in multiple episodes of the podcast. She represented more than a dozen victims of Dr. Duntsch, a.k.a. Dr. Death, in the Dallas area.
The heart of this story goes beyond one dangerous neurosurgeon. It highlights problems within the medical system and laws that are designed to protect the public, and in this case failed at every turn.
“Christopher Duntsch has lost his license to practice medicine in the state of Texas, and is currently serving a life sentence in prison -- which is unprecedented,” said Kay Van Wey, founder of Van Wey Law, PLLC. “But my concern goes beyond this one bad surgeon. The system that failed to protect patients in the cases involving Dr. Duntsch continues to fail the public. I know first-hand that dangerous doctors are still out there and that there are hospitals protecting them. The possibility that this story can or potentially is happening again somewhere is very real -- and very frightening.”
The primary problem with the current system is that although hospitals have a legal obligation to report dangerous doctors to the National Practitioner Data Bank, they often don’t. And by keeping silent they are violating federal law designed to prevent bad doctors from moving from state to state or hospital to hospital without detection. Too often hospitals are choosing to protect themselves and their doctors over patients. A secondary problem is that the data bank is not available to the public, so patients can’t do their own research.
Patients must rely on hospitals following the law and putting patient safety first.
Kay Van Wey is a patient safety advocate and a subject matter expert on the laws and workings of a medical system that is failing to protect the public from bad doctors.
Along with being featured in the Dr. Death podcast, Kay Van Wey appeared in a Dr. Oz television episode September 27, 2018, along with journalist Laura Beil, who investigated this story and is the host of the podcast.
About Van Wey Law
Van Wey Law, P.L.L.C. is located in Dallas, Texas. Founder Kay Van Wey is a Dallas Board Certified Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Attorney. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 15 consecutive years, a D-Best Lawyer by D Magazine, and a Texas Trial Legend by the Dallas Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma. Kay also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where she teaches the course on law and medicine.