Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Unnecessary Sinus Surgery
Our firm has filed a lawsuit and is investigating additional claims of unnecessary sinus surgery against ENT surgeon Dr. Alen N. Cohen. Other patients of Dr. Cohen may have undergone medically unnecessary sinus surgeries. If you were a patient of California-based Dr. Cohen and have concerns about your medical treatment, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Dr. Alen N. Cohen Faces Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Alleged Unnecessary Sinus Surgery
Cohen & Malad, LLP attorneys along with Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. and Gibbs Law Group, LLP filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against ENT surgeon Dr. Alen N. Cohen and Dr. Matt Hershcovitz who practice at Southern California Sinus Institute, C/V ENT Surgical Group, and West Hills Surgical Center over claims of unnecessary sinus surgery. The complaint claims Dr. Cohen, along with ENT and rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitz falsely documented and stated the patient had extensive sinus disease which would require septoplasty and extensive sinus surgery. Per the complaint, the surgeons completed eight unnecessary surgeries which left the 20-year-old patient with permanent sinus scarring, permanent impairment of the natural function of their sinuses, pain, and unnecessary medical expenses. She now has Empty Nose Syndrome.
Dr. Cohen may have recommended medically unnecessary sinus treatments to some patients
Dr. Alen Cohen is a head and neck surgeon and Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) practicing in California. He is the founder and director of Southern California Sinus Institute in West Hills, California, as well as C/V ENT Surgical Group, which has locations in West Hills and Encino. Per his website, Dr. Cohen specializes in treating patients with nasal and sinus disorders. He offers treatment options including balloon sinuplasty, septoplasty, Minimally Invasive Image-Guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (MIGSS), Minimally Invasive Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery, and more.
Patients of Dr. Alen Cohen who were treated at Southern California Sinus Institute or C/V ENT Surgical Group may have been subjected to medically unnecessary sinus surgeries.
Unnecessary surgical procedures: profits over patient care
When you go to see a doctor or medical professional, you should be able to trust that they will inform you of the true nature of your medical condition, all your treatment options, and will advise you of the potential benefits, limitations, and risks of those options. Doctors are entrusted to “do no harm,” and it becomes a major problem if they “over-treat” or “abandon” a patient by suggesting procedures that don’t benefit the patient or alleviate their symptoms or conditions.
Many doctors and researchers agree a notable number of patients are given unnecessary medical surgeries and procedures each year that can cause medical, emotional, and financial harm. In fact, a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine stated that unnecessary services added $210 billion to health care spending in the United States. Additionally, a survey conducted by the Public Library of Science found that 70 percent of healthcare respondents believe that physicians are more likely to perform unnecessary procedures when the physician will profit from them.
When doctors put profits ahead of patient health, the consequences can be serious. Some experts indicate that as many as 30,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to overly aggressive medical care that includes unnecessary procedures and surgery.
Attorneys Experienced in Medical Malpractice Claims Against ENT’s
Our team represented numerous patients in lawsuits against sinus and nose surgeons for unnecessary procedures, including Indiana sinus surgeon Dr. Mark Weinberger. Dr. Weinberger, also known as “The Nose Doc,” was convicted of health care fraud and sentenced to 84 months in prison. Civil lawsuits were filed by hundreds of former patients of Dr. Weinberger alleging Weinberger performed unnecessary and/or negligent surgeries and subjected the former patients to unnecessary pain and suffering. Cohen & Malad, LLP and Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. attorneys jointly represented 282 former patients in lawsuits against Weinberger and successfully negotiated a $55 million settlement.