Anybody who visits a medical professional for guidance is hoping to get the best treatment available. Unfortunately, this is not always how things work out, with some people ending up in a worse position.
Patients who unnecessarily received heart stents have reached a $37 million settlement with Catholic Health Initiatives.
Court documents show that as many as 273 people are in position to receive a payment of at least $134,000 as the result of a lawsuit settlement between them and the Catholic Health Initiatives, which formerly owned the St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland.
In 2010, patients were notified by the hospital that they may have received a heart stent that was not necessary. As a result, Dr. Mark Midei, a cardiologist, had his medical license revoked a year later.
Catholic Health Initiatives did not admit to any wrongdoing as a result of the settlement, and released a statement saying they have "reached an agreement to resolve the two pending class actions involving allegations of unnecessary cardiac procedures performed at St. Joseph Medical Center. The resolution will benefit class members who choose to participate, and once formally approved by the court, will resolve all class claims against St. Joseph Medical Center, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dr. Mark Midei."
In this case, both parties agreed to the settlement in the hope of avoiding the costs of future litigation.
Despite the fact that he hospital did not admit any wrongdoing, they have agreed to pay $37 million to make things right with those who received a stent when it was not medically necessary. While no injuries have been reported, this type of action could result in personal injury.
Source: WBAL TV, "$37M settlement reached in unnecessary stents case" No author given, Apr. 07, 2014