Former New Jersey Surgeon Facing Medical Malpractice Claims over Spinal Fusion Surgery
Lower back pain can severely impact a person’s quality of life. In some cases, the pain from fractures, injury, or conditions like scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine, is so severe and life-altering that spinal fusion surgery is recommended. Many of those who undergo this procedure have successful outcomes, but for those who have negligent or unnecessary surgery, the results are debilitating, and can result in more surgery and more pain. For these patients, medical malpractice suits are their only option to recover much needed compensation for their injuries.
Even Good Doctors Can be Guilty of Medical Malpractice
Such is the case with Dr. Aria Sabit, 36, who completed a seven year neurosurgical residency in Newark, New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, serving as chief resident during his final year there. During his New Jersey residency, Dr. Sabit performed many neurosurgical procedures under the guidance of University neurosurgeons. According to Dr. Charles Prestigiacomo, who leads the neurosurgery residency program there, Dr. Sabit completed a highly successful residency.
How is it then that Dr. Sabit could be the defendant in 17 medical malpractice lawsuits, just 17 months after leaving UMD in Newark, New Jersey? Dr. Sabit landed his first job at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California in April of 2009. By December of 2010, Dr. Sabit was fired by Ventura County Neurosurgical Associates Medical Group after they asked the California Medical Board to begin an investigation into allegations against him.
The majority of the medical malpractice complaints against Dr. Sabit allege that he performed spinal fusion surgeries that were unnecessary and resulted in personal injury and more surgery. In spinal fusion surgery, metal hardware such as rods, screws, internal body cages, and plates are used to surround and support the spine while newly fused bone grafts. Dr. Sabit’s patients claim that he over used and improperly placed hardware in their body, and that many screws used to secure hardware moved away from the bone, which made more surgery necessary. One of Dr. Sabit’s patients required a second surgery where doctors removed all hardware placed by Dr. Sabit because it was bent or improperly placed. There were also a high number of secondary infections reported. In another medical malpractice case, a patient was told that he would be undergoing a non-invasive procedure, but Dr. Sabit decided to do a much more invasive surgical procedure without his consent.
Legome and Associates Specialize in New Jersey Medical Malpractice Cases
If you received spinal fusion surgery that you believe was unnecessary or improperly conducted, you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice suits are not easy to prove. There is extensive investigation involved in demonstrating the incompetency of a doctor. New Jersey laws require attorneys to prove that the medical professional performed a procedure that resulted in personal injury or death and that the medical professional failed to perform competently or without prior consent. Case analysis, hospital records, medical records, expert review and reports, depositions and other discovery are just some of the items that precede a trial. An experienced team of New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys with a history of successful outcomes are imperative to your success.
The law office of Legome and Associates in Haddonfield, New Jersey is experienced in all aspects of Personal Injury Law, specifically in New Jersey Medical Malpractice lawsuits. Our attorneys will begin with a comprehensive review of your case, and will be able to obtain sensitive medical records and witness testimony to support your claim. We work with medical experts to gather pertinent evidence that is vital to your case. We work for you and with you during all of the pre-trial stages and guarantee the highest quality legal representation in all court proceedings. Call us today, or visit us on the web to schedule a consultation. We are conveniently located in Haddonfield, near Cherry Hill, Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem and other South Jersey communities.