Our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers saw a worrying story about doctors who lose their medical licenses but continue practicing medicine in other states and for Medicare.
Doctors who have lost their licenses due to shady behaviour, and even have been in prison, continue to participate in Medicare. One highlighted in the news story was a doctor practicing in our own state of Georgia currently and people should be aware of this. Swaroop Nyshadham, a surgeon, lost his medical license in Alabama. The Alabama state medical licensure commission found him guilty of “gross malpractice or gross negligence.” This finding was due to an operation he did in 2004 on an acid reflux patient with an inflamed esophagus, and the state commission found it was not acceptable. Nyshadham apparently struggled during the surgery and there was “copious bleeding” according to the complaint against him. The 36-year-old patient had a temperature of 101.4 after the operation and had a possible infection. Nyshadham was told and dismissed it as a lab error and did not order more tests. Despite this and a faster than normal heart rate, he released her to go home, where the patient was found dead the next day. The commission found he failed to meet the standard of care, and further, that he did not even understand his mistakes. The commission stated concern that these mistakes may be repeated in the future. They found his conduct dishonourable on top of everything else and his license was revoked in June 2008, and he was excluded from Alabama’s Medicaid program. When asked, Nyshadham dismissed this information as a “conspiracy” to get him to leave the state.
The outrageous story continues in New York. Based on the decision in Alabama, authorities in New York charged Nyshadham with professional misconduct. Nyshadham surrendered his New York medical license in February 2009. This time, Nyshadham called it a “knee-jerk response” to the decision in Alabama.
However, despite all of this, he still practices medicine through Medicare in Georgia. After the decision in Alabama, the Georgia Medical Board required Nyshadham to attend 20 hours of continuing education and pay a fine of $5,000, but did not revoke his medical license. Medicare paid him $22,134 in 2012.
Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys
There is a necessary trust relationship between a doctor and a patient. Regardless of the type of illness or injury, patients must have confidence in their doctor’s ability to treat them, and sometimes the patient’s life is literally in the doctor’s hands. These cases of gross medical negligence cannot be ignored or they will be repeated. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent medical professional, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss the specifics of your case and any steps to move forward in legal avenues to get any needed compensation through this difficult time, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.
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