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Doctor allegedly flees country due to medical malpractice charges

If you've been following the news in Ohio, you might have heard about a doctor from Cincinnati who was facing 36 charges of federal fraud. In addition, this surgeon faces over 160 civil suits from patients who claim he committed medical malpractice. Now, the surgeon is missing, and the U.S. Attorney's office has put out a warrant for his arrest. They feel that he has left the U.S.

The surgeon allegedly billed private and public insurers millions for surgeries that patients didn't need. The surgeon is also charged in 10 cases where claims are alleged that he made false diagnoses. He is currently facing 160 lawsuits or more. Those suits are all from patients who claim he performed surgeries on them when they didn't need them. Some claimed that their conditions were worsened after being in his care.

The Dec. 13 report claims that the surgeon has escaped the country; however, he had turned over his passport when he was indicted, so the U.S. Attorney didn't say how the man had been able to get out of the country without being noticed. The man had been ordered not to travel anywhere except Ohio and Kentucky.

The surgeon had allegedly asked to return to Pakistan, stating that his father was ill. A judge had refused that request. If he is found to be guilty of these crimes, he faces a prison sentence of up to 125 years for the federal charges alone.

If you've been hurt due to a doctor's negligence, you may need medical treatments or face medical bills that you weren't expecting. In cases like these, you may want to speak to an attorney; there are ways to protect yourself and to seek compensation from those who have hurt you.

Source: WCPO, "Mason spine surgeon Dr. Atiq Durrani flees the U.S., warrant issued for his arrest" Greg Noble and Maxim Alter, Dec. 13, 2013

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