It sounds like the plot to a bad made-for-television movie: a doctor flees
the country after he is sued for malpractice. Sadly, it is truth, not
fiction. Mark Weinberger was a surgeon in Indiana who was on the lam for
more than five years. He was caught in Italy in late 2009. He was apparently
living on a mountain in a tent.
Weinberger faced a medical negligence civil lawsuit in 2004 for failing
to diagnose a patient’s lung cancer. The patient was 50 years old
and died of the lung cancer. Rather than diagnosing the cancer, Weinberger
performed allegedly unnecessary surgeries. He then fled the country to
avoid the trial. Now that Weinberger is back in the United States, he
will finally be tried.
In addition to the civil suit, Weinberger has other problems, including
numerous counts of health care fraud. Weinberger apparently billed insurance
companies for surgeries he never performed. And that’s not all–he
also faces more than 350 state medical malpractice suits, and his medical
malpractice insurance carrier has slapped him with a federal lawsuit for
breaching his contract by fleeing the country.
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