Patients who have to see a heart doctor likely expect that the doctor will determine the best treatment to deal with the complaint or condition that necessitated the appointment. In most cases, that is what happens. In other cases, the heart doctor might put profits before patients. That is what some patients are claiming in a lawsuit against a retired Kentucky heart surgeon.
More than 500 plaintiffs are represented in two civil cases that claim they underwent "medically unnecessary and harmful cardiac procedures" by the surgeon at King's Daughters Medical Center. The lawsuits claim that the defendants misrepresented cardiac conditions to justify procedures. They claim the procedures were done so the defendants could bill for the procedures. The allegations includes negligence and gross negligence, unjust enrichment, negligent hiring, fraud, lack of informed consent and other allegations. The plaintiffs are seeking court costs and attorney fees, loss of earning power, unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.