Cient cosmetic surgeon was seeing a transgender patient who had undergone upper body surgery and wanted her breasts redone. In order to get preoperative clearance, the surgeon’s office required labs to be done and prior medical records provider. The patient was not compliant with getting required labs for pre-surgery due to being on coumadin (blood thinners), so the surgeon cancelled the surgery because of this. The patient reported the surgeon to the federal government on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) charges, claiming the surgeon turned her down because she was HIV positive. Investigation opened up.
Our healthcare civil litigation attorneys contended that this was more of a compliance matter, as the surgery center was capable of handling HIV-positive patients, but it is not capable of handling patients who are on blood thinners.
Chapman Law Group worked with the surgery center on an all-staff ADA seminar to go over all ADA-related matters as it applies to patients’ rights. In addition, our healthcare compliance attorneys worked with the surgery center on its patient intake, consent and patient rights forms, in order to spot and prevent future similar complications. The governmental investigation was closed.
Areas of Law:
Professional Liability/Malpractice Defense
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