Patients with bone, joint or ligament injuries and diseases rely on orthopedic surgeons for medical care. These professionals repair and replace bones, joints, and nerves to improve the musculoskeletal system. When allegations of medical negligence are filed against these doctors, the orthopedic surgery expert witness is called in to consult and opine on whether the medical standard of care was breached. The most common instances of orthopedic surgery malpractice include misreading diagnostic tests and performing incorrect surgeries.
Dr. Atiq Durrani faces federal charges of unnecessarily performing spinal surgeries on patients and billing private and public health insurance companies for millions of dollars of fraudulent services. Plaintiffs’ attorney Eric Deters has more than 400 clients with complaints against Dr. Durrani. Mr. Deter’s clients are charging Durrani and the surgery center JourneyLite of Cincinnati for medical negligence in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The trial charging Dr. Durrani with performing unnecessary surgeries and the accompanying fraudulent billing is scheduled February 9, 2017. Dr. Durrani was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2013 for fraud.
Becker’s Spine Review reports:
While performing surgeries at UC Health and West Chester (Ohio) Hospital between 2010 and 2013, Abubakar Atiq Durrani, MD, submitted more than $7 million in Medicare reimbursements, Cincinnati Business Courier reported. A federal grand jury indicted the spine surgeon for healthcare fraud and performing unnecessary surgeries. Dr. Durrani pled not guilty for healthcare fraud and fled the country in December 2013; a warrant is out for his arrest. UC Health and West Chester Hospital paid $4.1 million in October 2015 in a settlement regarding the spine surgeon’s actions. UC Health did not employ Dr. Durrani, but he held privileges at West Chester Hospital.
Litigation such as the malpractice case against Dr. Durrani and the JourneyLite surgery center requires an orthopedic surgery expert witness to analyze and present evidence to the court. These experts have the experience to determine whether the defendant met reasonable standards of skill and care for the procedure under scrutiny.