When you visit your doctor, or any medical professional, to discuss a health problem, you place a huge amount of trust in them to treat you both appropriately and ethically. A former doctor has been revealed to breach both facets of this trust, after not only having his license removed due to malpractice but continuing to see patients afterward. As If that was not enough, the doctor in question also falsely diagnosed a male patient with cancer. 71-year-old Ronald Wheeler has been arrested and is facing charges of scheming to defraud between $20,000 and $50,000 from a man falsely diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Additional Charges for Unlicensed Former Doctor
According to the Sarasota police department, Ronald Wheeler had been treating the patient for prostate cancer between 2016 and January 2018. When first approached, Wheeler diagnosed prostate cancer over the telephone, informing the patient that he should start taking oral chemotherapy drugs immediately. Aggressive prostate cancer was diagnosed after subsequent examinations, but a tissue biopsy was never taken, a test which the Florida Board of Medicine considers to be the minimal requirement to make such a diagnosis.
The court heard how the patient had previously requested refunds from Wheeler after being unhappy with the care he was receiving, eventually approaching another specialist for a second opinion on the advice of his physician. During the two-year period, another doctor told the patient he displayed no signs of prostate cancer, only for Wheeler to convince the man that cancer had been missed. Wheeler stopped communicating with the patient after the refund was demanded.
Wheeler also failed to inform his patient that he was at risk of losing his license due to medical malpractice, or that he did lose it in April last year. Wheeler was previously charged with unlicensed practice of medicine after an anonymous call placed in June 2017 reported that he had continued to see and treat patients.
The patient learned that Wheeler was unlicensed and that he was free of cancer when he consulted another doctor in Sarasota.
Medical Malpractice in Cooper City
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is either injured or dies, due to receiving a lower than expected standard of treatment. It can take many forms, but some of the most common seen by Cooper City medical malpractice attorneys include:
- Anesthesia errors, where a patient suffers complications because of anesthetic being incorrectly administered
- Injuries caused by an unacceptable level of care being provided in the ER
- Medical errors which are deemed to be the fault of the hospital
- Misuse or failure of a medical device, resulting in injury or death of the patient
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnoses
If you, or a loved one, has suffered as a result of medical malpractice, an experienced Cooper City medical malpractice attorney can ensure you recover the damages you deserve. This complex area of law can only be navigated by a legal professional with relevant knowledge and expertise – contact us today on 954-438-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation.