Compassion v. Greed

Last Friday, a Michigan oncologist who, for several years, poisoned and unnecessarily prescribed chemotherapy to over 550 of his patients, some of whom resultantly died, was finally sentenced to 45 years in prison. Dr. Farid Fata, 50, sobbed in court before sentencing and said that he misused his talents and permitted this “sin” to enter him because of “power and greed.” Federal prosecutors have called this oncologist the “most egregious fraudster in the history of the United States.” Unfortunately, cases similar to Dr. Fata’s case, as shocking and egregious as they are, are not too uncommon. Cancer doctor sentenced to 45 years for ‘horrific’ fraudIn fact, we currently represent several former patients of the former head of Baptist Neurology, Dr. Sean Christopher Orr, who, also for several years, misdiagnosed patients with Multiple Sclerosis, subjected them to painful and invasive procedures, exposed them to unnecessary and harmful radiation, and prescribed potent and expensive medications to treat their nonexistent Multiple Sclerosis. In a related action, the Justice Department reached a deal with Dr. Orr to settle claims that he deliberately misdiagnosed patients with serious neurological disorders and falsely billed the federal government for their unnecessary treatment. Dr. Orr has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle the allegations that he caused the government to overpay Baptist by intentionally misdiagnosing patients with disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, over a three-year span. Baptist settled a related case for $2.5 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Every day, we at Terrell • Hogan, represent victims of medical malpractice and wrongful death as they seek justice, but helping prevent consumers from being injured due to greed and malpractice is always our constant focus. Lawsuits we have pursued for deserving victims have prompted safety changes, but that came after the injuries happened. We think it’s important to try to find ways to prevent injuries and wrongful deaths before they happen. That’s why we feel it’s important to help spread this life-saving information about the intentional misdiagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

About The Author

Fadi M. Chakour, M.D., J.D.

Fadi M. Chakour, M.D., J.D.

Attorney Fadi Chakour is a medical doctor who left the practice of medicine for the practice of law. As a practicing physician, Fadi treated many patients injured as a result of the negligence of others and observed the resulting harm to their loved ones.