Sometimes I read newspaper articles about
medical malpractice cases and wonder if someone is trying to play a prank on me. The things
some doctors allegedly do to their patients? Unbelievable. Take, for instance,
the doctor/dentist in Moses Lake, Washington, who performed breast reduction
surgery as well as liposuction on a 15-year-old girl.
Dr. Thomas Laney has licenses to practice medicine and dentistry in Washington
State. He moved to Moses Lake in spring of 2006, where he works as a doctor
specializing in head, face, and jaw surgery. He performed the surgery
on the 15-year-old girl in 2005 in Seattle. The girl sued Laney in 2008
for malpractice. Dr. Laney apparently did a poor job on the breast reduction
surgery, including incorrect placement of the girl’s nipples. The
lawsuit settled out of court, and later in 2008 a complaint was filed
with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission of Washington.
Only now is the state board responding to the complaint. It is stating
that Laney was not qualified to perform the surgeries and is charging
him with unprofessional conduct. Not only did he mess up the breast reduction
surgery, the board says, but he also should not have performed liposuction
on such a young patient.
Laney’s attorney argues that the doctor did nothing wrong and followed
protocol. Records indicate, however, that Dr. Laney has been sued some
10 times and fined several times, and one of his patients died following
cosmetic surgery. Yes, there are risks with any surgery, but what do you
think? I say buyer beware.