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Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. Obtains $21.2M Verdict Against Catholic Health Initiatives*

Posted By Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. | 15-Aug-2016

A jury recently returned a verdict of $21.2 million against a national hospital chain, Catholic Health Initiatives, and one of its facilities, St. Joseph Hospital London, finding that the hospital and its parent company were negligent, failed to obtain informed consent, violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act, and engaged in a conspiracy to aid and abet doctors to commit unlawful acts. The verdict included $20 million in punitive damages against the company and hospital, who were accused of conspiring with cardiologists to perform unnecessary heart surgeries.

The plaintiff, a milk truck driver, filed the lawsuit after claiming that one of his doctors unnecessarily implanted a pacemaker in his chest. According to his attorneys, the hospital formed a joint venture with local cardiologists that provided them with incentives to perform certain procedures, and failed to put in any safeguards to ensure that procedures were justified. Evidence showed that the company anticipated profiting $90 million over three years from heart procedures, and that executives were given bonuses based on revenue and productivity.

The plaintiff’s cardiologist advised him that removing the pacemaker would be extremely dangerous because of the wires that go into his chest. He also suffered a debilitating shoulder condition after the procedure that left him immobilized for four months.

The Tom Rhodes Law Firm represents hundreds of clients in similar lawsuits against CHI and Saint Joseph London.

The doctor who implanted the pacemaker in the plaintiff was indicted on criminal fraud charges in June – charges that were related to a scheme involving another cardiologist, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for exaggerating the severity of patients’ illnesses in order to ensure reimbursement for the procedures.

Attorneys Tom Rhodes, Erin Oglesby, and Sam Royston of Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. co-represented the plaintiff in this case, along with Gary Hudson of London, KY and Hans Poppe of Louisville, KY.

Click here for more information on this case via Courier-Journal.

Tom Rhodes Law Firm handles medical malpractice cases throughout the country. In the last eleven months, the firm has achieved three eight-figure verdicts and one seven-figure verdict.

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