By Bill Hethcock, Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal.
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is accused in a series of lawsuits of allowing an allegedly dangerous surgeon to continue operating, putting patients at risk.
A fourth malpractice lawsuit has been filed in federal court against Baylor Medical Center Plano and suspended neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of former Baylor Plano patient Barry Morguloff, alleges Morguloff was permanently and severely injured as a result of “one of the most prolific mass torts involving medical malpractice in Texas history.”
Dallas-based law firm Deans & Lyons LLP filed suit against several defendants, including Baylor Health Care System.
A spokeswoman for Baylor Plano and the Dallas-based Baylor health system reissued the following statement initially written after the earlier lawsuits:
“We intend to answer the lawsuit and deny its material allegations,” the statement says. “The quality of the patient care we provide is of paramount importance to us and we take all patient care-related claims very seriously.”
Duntsch’s license to practice medicine in Texas was suspended by the Texas Medical Board in June of 2013 after fellow physicians complained following the deaths of two patients and paralysis and other severe injury of others.
The Morguloff lawsuit alleges Duntsch placed spinal fusion hardware incorrectly and damaged bone in Morguloff’s spine, releasing bone fragments which ultimately caused severe nerve damage and left him in constant pain.
According to the lawsuit, Baylor Health Care System knew of serious allegations involving Duntsch’s competency to operate but permitted him to continue performing surgeries and other procedures. The lawsuit includes a letter of recommendation provided by Baylor Plano after surgeries in which one patient was rendered a quadriplegic and another patient died under Duntsch’s care. The letter permitted Duntsch to obtain temporary privileges at another Dallas area hospital where he allegedly killed and maimed other patients, the lawsuit says.
Mar. 31, 2014