David Lubetkin, a Boca Raton Gynecologist failed to tell his patient she had Cervical Cancer. The punishment for Dr. Lubetkin a $20,000.00 fine. The cost for Charlene Hutchens, his patient, it robbed her of peace of mind and the ability to have children, she told the Florida Board of Medicine on Saturday.
“I don’t want this to happen to any other person,” said Hutchens, now 27. “It’s destroyed my life.”
Hutchens noted that her condition could have easily been treated in 2002, or even 2003 if Lubetkin had checked the records. “It’s the failure of the doctor to not have established (proper) office procedures,” she said.
To further add insult to injury, Dr. Lubetkin did not carry medical malpractice Insurance. Florida does not require physicians to carry medical malpractice insurance.
The American Medical Association and Florida Medical Malpractice Association have long complained that the cost of Medical Malpractice Insurance was exorbitant, and of course, Trial Lawyers were to blame. Thus a number of doctors chose to go bare (not carry Medical Malpractice Insurance), and if things go bad, simply file for Bankruptcy protection.
We are all hopeful that doctor’s realize the enormous consequences of their potential errors.
Mark Kaire, Medical Malpractice lawyer is experienced in handling all medical malpractice matters.