Defamation Brings Medical Malpractice Suit
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
A Virginia man is sitting in his medical gown and makes sure he will be
fully aware of what his aftercare instructions are by hitting record on
his smartphone before his
procedure is performed. He is having a colonoscopy done in which anesthesia is used,
and a lot more than aftercare instructions are recorded.
When he hit play on the recording, he heard that the staff insulting and
making fun of him as soon as the anesthesia had taken effect and throughout
the procedure. They called him names, made comments and jokes about a
rash he had, and put a diagnosis in his chart that was made up. The man
sued the anesthesiologist and the gastroenterologist for defamation and
The jury ruled that the anesthesiologist and her practice pay the man $500,000
and believed there wasn’t much of a defense because it was all on
tape. The case against the gastroenterologist was dismissed. The man has
suffered embarrassment, anxiety, and sleepless nights due to the incident.
The president of the Academy of Anesthesiology stated that the conversation
was inappropriate and unprofessional.
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