That’s right, in 2000, surgeonby altering Richard's medical records.
Dr. Perera then lied to Richard's face, telling him, according to his brother, “that he had an even larger tumor in his right lung, and that he, Perera, saved his life by removing it, according to a 2005 complaint filed by the state. But after several months, Flagg picked up his hospital records, and at the top of the folder was the pathology report that showed there was no evidence of a tumor in the removed portion.”
This is even though the New Jersey Attorney General initially tried to get the Board of Medical Examiners to revoke his license. (New Jersey ranks # 41 in the nation for serious doctor disciplinary actions against dangerous doctors, according to Public Citizen)six-month ‘active’ suspension of his medical license” and was fined about $81,000 or so.
But now for the really sick news. Dr. Perera is back, operating again a
Richard’s longtime girlfriend Edith Bickoff, put it this way: “It doesn't surprise me that the butcher is back.” But we are horror-struck.
And let’s note a few other matters. According to a 2005 interview with Richard’s attorney, Charles Rock, “the insurance companies waited for Flagg to die before settling the case, knowing that the value of his claim would drop dramatically after he died.”
And who is insuring Dr. Perera now? Who knows, but because medical malpractice insurers do not charge rates based on experience (and the medical lobbies won’t join consumer groups in pushing for insurance reforms to help them, fixating on limiting patients’ legal rights instead), all the good doctors in New Jersey may now be paying for this guy’s malpractice insurance, assuming he has it.
And finally, as doctors in New Jersey and elsewhere call for “caps” on compensation for injured patients, remember that so-called "lawsuit abuse" has noting to do with "caps." It's malpracticing doctors like Dr. Perera who are let off the hook by such a laws, and it's innocent patients like Richard Flagg who are hurt.