Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., is currently representing John Austgen in a lawsuit against Abdul Shadani, M.D., Lawnwood Medical Center, Inc. d/b/a Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, HCA Holdings, Inc., and HCA, Inc., claiming that he was subject to an unnecessary pacemaker implantation. This procedure has resulted in life-changing complications for Mr. Austgen who states that prior to this procedure, he was active and able to run, and now, he has trouble walking. “I went in as a well man. I came out as an old man,” Austgen stated at a press conference.
Shockingly, Mr. Austgen’s lawsuit is not the first time that such allegations have been levied against the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute and Dr. Shadani. Almost 10 years ago, a nurse working at the medical center reported concern over unnecessary cardiac procedures being performed on patients. According to internal documents that were obtained by The New York Times, HCA determined that as many as 1,200 unnecessary procedures were performed on patients without serious heart disease at the Lawnwood Medical Center and other HCA hospitals in Florida.
Additionally, the doctor who initially sparked subsequent investigations into this matter never lost his privileges at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, and continued to recommend and perform unnecessary cardiac procedures. In 2012, The New York Times ran a feature discussing a Justice Department investigation into whether or not HCA hospitals in Florida were performing unnecessary cardiac procedures on patients. In this article, they reported that an outside cardiac specialist determined that in the case of Dr. Shadani specifically, 13 out of 17 procedures performed by the doctor were problematic, including concerns about unnecessary cardiac catheterizations and multiple, needless procedures.
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