Orthopedic Surgeon in Hot Water after Tampering with Records

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downloadA malpractice lawsuit has been settled against an orthopedic surgeon who is now also facing criminal charges in two counties.

The lawsuit filed against Dr. Jake Heinkey, 40, and his former practice, Cutting Edge Orthopaedics LLC was filed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court by Ruth and Phillip Anderson of Ottawa Lake last year. The case was dismissed last week after the litigants settled the case out of court.

The case alleged that Mrs. Anderson alleged she was left with permanent nerve damage in her left leg after Dr. Heinkey performed hip replacement surgery on her Jan. 24, 2014, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Dr. Heinkey was charged with tampering with records, which is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. Dr. Heinkey allegedly altered Mrs. Anderson’s medical records as a result of the pending lawsuit.

Dr. Heinkey is also facing four counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly touching two female patients inappropriately at his Lambertville office as well as two additional counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of tampering with records for similar offenses at his Sylvania office.

Dr. Heinkey is currently not practicing medicine.

Health care providers such as doctors and nurses are held to a set of standards just as any other professional is. Just like on any other job, it is possible to make mistakes or poor decisions.

The legal requirements of attorneys in medical malpractice or medical negligence are highly technical and require expertise and experience. Medical products, like any other product on the market should also be held up to scrutiny and insure the highest quality standards. When such standards are not met, patients and their loved ones suffer needlessly. Even when such violations are matters of ethics and criminal misconduct, they should be held accountable.

If you or a loved one believes they have suffered as a result of medical malpractice, contact the law offices of Bottar Leone, PLLC today. We will take the time to carefully evaluate your claim. One of our attorneys can then begin the process of getting you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation and legal analysis.

 

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