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Medical negligence attorneys help settle massive case

Facing a surgical procedure is often an unsettling prospect that can provoke fears of all kinds for patients. In the event a medical provider causes greater harm, South Carolina residents can seek the assistance of medical negligence attorneys. Recently, approximately 260 patients were able to finally settle a case that had begun more than a year ago.

According to the report, the case was settled for an estimated $45 million. The 260 patients had all suffered some physical harm at the hands of surgeon who purportedly committed countless errors while also seeking to his increase his billings. The surgeon, Dr. Spyros Panos, was recently released after serving just under three years of a 54-month sentence for felony medical insurance fraud. Patients expressed disappointment that the physician was only criminally prosecuted for the monetary side of his alleged malpractice.

According to the malpractice suit, the doctor allegedly committed such egregious errors as performing operations on the wrong body part, causing greater harm in the process of performing a planned surgery, and even performing surgical procedures needlessly on healthy patients. Some of the injured parties have limited movement of their extremities and may never fully recover. While the doctor was not held criminally responsible for his actions related to patient care, the parties involved expressed satisfaction with the decision.

The patients who were part of the large case will receive compensation based on a rating system. Amounts will be awarded according to where a patient falls on a pre-determined points system. While those who were adversely affected may never enjoy the same quality of life, the monetary awards may help relieve some of the financial damages they may have sustained. South Carolina resident who have been harmed through the actions of any medical provider may seek the guidance and experience of medical negligence attorneys who can assess their case and determine the best manner in which to seek recovery of the damages they may have sustained.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Dutchess County doctor's malpractice suit settles for $45 million", Larry McShane, Feb. 6, 2018

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