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Every day, people are undergoing all types of procedures that are performed by surgeons. All patients who are undergoing these surgeries expect the best and safest treatment possible. Most patients trust their surgeons with their lives when they go under the knife. All patients should think that their doctors are there to improve their health. For some patients, they do not always receive the best and safest treatment from their surgeons. Some surgeons take advantage of their patients and put their patients’ lives at risk for money. A surgeon from Detroit, Michigan is a perfect example of a surgeon who takes advantage of his patients for his own personal greed.

The surgeon from Michigan is being be indicted on multiple chargers for a money fraud scheme. According to an article from www.justice.gov, the surgeon admits causing serious bodily injury to patients in $11 million health care fraud scheme. “Not only did he steal $11 million in insurance proceeds, but he also betrayed his trust to patients by lying to them about the procedures that were medically necessary and that were actually performed.” These bodily injuries that these patients received from their surgeon’s unnecessary surgeries can be life threatening, long term, effect work life, effect home life, etc. According to the article, he admitted to performing unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries for profit. This doctor put his patients’ lives in jeopardy because of his own greed. He was not doing his job by looking for the best interest of his patients. Many hardworking people expect their physician to know what is best for their health.

Doctors should always be honest with their patients and not cause harm to them. No patient should ever have to endure the horrible conditions like the ones caused by this surgeon from Michigan. At Michael J. O’Connor & Associates, we want all patients to have 100% support from their doctor. We believe that the actions from doctors like the one from Michigan are absolutely unacceptable. We want all patients from Pennsylvania to have the best and safest health care possible. Every patient deserves to be treated professionally. You should call us for a free case review if you have been involved in injuries such as this. We are here to fight and protect your rights.

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The attorneys and staff of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates pride themselves on keeping up-to-date on their areas of practice. This week, Attorney Dave Miller is attending the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ. The two and a half day training event includes in-depth educational lectures on trial strategies and litigation techniques, including personal injury, nursing home neglect, and medical malpractice, just a few of the firm’s areas of practice. The seminar also provides attorneys the chance to visit with over 160 legal vendors and network with almost 2,000 other attorneys.

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In the wake of last week’s news about cross infection at a Tulsa, Oklahoma dentist’s office, CNN.com has published some tips online to see how your dentist handles the issue of infection control procedures.

Watch the Gloves: Gloves should be changed in between patients. Dentists should only touch sterile instruments or your mouth; if anything else is touched or the dentist leaves the room, a new pair of gloves should be put on.

Check out the Office: How clean is the office? A cluttered, unclean office might mean there are sterilization issues.

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Philadelphia news station WPVI published a startling investigative report last week about the dangers of medical recovery rooms.

The story begins in March of last year, when a female high school student went to a surgical center for a routine outpatient tonsillectomy. After initially being told that her daughter’s surgery went well, the young girl’s mother was then told that her daughter needed to be rushed to the hospital. The young girl was pronounced brain dead and later died.

The girl’s parents filed a lawsuit and their lawyer found out the truth about what happened that day. According to their attorney, the girl “died as a result of being abandoned, not monitored, and not watched by nurses, in the recovery room for a period of over 25 minutes.” It is believed that the painkiller, fentanyl, that was administered to her put her into respiratory distress. The nurse who was supposed to be watching her was tending to another patient.