“Dr. Death” Reminder of Need to Protect Patient Legal Rights
The NBC series “Dr. Death” is based on the true story of Christopher Duntsch, a Dallas surgeon who maimed or killed nearly 40 patients from 2011 to 2013. Colleagues reported him to hospital administration and medical boards to no avail until Dallas prosecutors finally stepped in and filed criminal charges. Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison in 2017. “Dr. Death” is a stark reminder of how the medical profession is not equipped to police its own. Your best protection from a bad outcome at a dangerous corporate nursing home or a negligent hospital remains your right to trial by jury and a medical malpractice action for your personal injury.
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