In August 2013, criminal charges were filed against Dr. Farid Fata, a Rochester Hills, Michigan physician who is said to have submitted false reimbursement claims for various unnecessary medical services, including chemotherapy, diagnostic imaging scans, and several cancer and hematology treatments and procedures.
When a patient seeks medical attention, he or she looks to the doctor to recommend appropriate care based on the patient’s condition, symptoms, test results, and other facts. The patient (or a designated advocate) then makes the decision to proceed with the treatment, believing that the doctor has been truthful and has only the patient’s best interests in mind. We call this “informed consent.”
When the doctor’s recommendation is not based in fact and the doctor misrepresents the situation in order to persuade the patient to undergo ill-advised or unnecessary treatment, the patient’s consent is not informed and that breach of trust rises to the level of medical malpractice.
Dr. Fata (along with his cancer care facility, Michigan Hematology Oncology, P.C.) is believed to have breached his professional duty to his patients by:
- Administering chemotherapy unnecessarily to patients who were in remission
- Deliberately misdiagnosing patients as having cancer to justify unnecessary cancer treatment
- Fabricating other diagnoses such as anemia and fatigue to justify unnecessary hematology treatments
- Unnecessarily distributing controlled substances to patients
If you have been treated by Dr. Fata and suspect that the care he provided was unnecessary and caused injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Sommers Schwartz today to speak with our medical malpractice attorneys and learn how we can help.