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Multiple Malpractices Lawsuits Against Podiatrist

It may surprise many patients to learn that one of their doctors has been involved in a medical malpractice case. It is not uncommon for doctors and healthcare workers to be named in a medical malpractice case at the beginning because the time limits require naming all possible defendants even though they are eventually dropped from the case. However, patients may be much more cautious when their food doctor has been named in more than 20 lawsuits alleging medical negligence.

Ohio Podiatrist Named in More Than 20 Malpractice Claims

Darla Morris was a young nursing assistant when she broke her ankle on the job. Morris was treated by Dr. Leonard Janis, a podiatrist in Ohio. Over the next 5 years, Morris underwent 4 surgeries to address her ankle injury. After all 4 surgeries failed, she had to have her leg amputated below the knee. 

Another patient of Dr. Janis had a similar and tragic experience. After an initial surgery for heel spurs, Beth Mullens was only beginning her track of surgeries. After a total of 8 failed surgeries, Mullens had her leg amputated below the knee. At least two other patients had to have their legs amputated and cannot do a lot of the activities they used to enjoy. 

After facing 9 active medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits, Dr. Janis eventually resigned his surgical privileges at OhioHealth after 26 years, where the above procedures occurred. 

He later surrendered his medical license after the number of active cases rose to 25. According to the Ohio State Medical Board, Janis voluntarily surrendered his license as a “permanent revocation of podiatric medical license authorized by doctor in lieu of further investigation of a possible violation.”

The specific violations referred to include the following: 

Sections 4731.22(B)(2) Failure to maintain minimal standards applicable to the selection or administration of drugs, or failure to employ acceptable scientific methods in the selection of drugs or other modalities for treatment of disease.

Sections 4731.22(B)(6): A departure from, or the failure to conform to, minimal standards of care of similar practitioners under the same or similar circumstances, whether or not actual injury to a patient is established.

Foot Injury Medical Malpractice Claims

Most people do not worry about foot or ankle injuries until they suffer one. Then we realize that we rely on the health of our feet to get us around. Everything from playing basketball to taking a shower can be complicated by even a minor foot or ankle injury. 

Podiatrists specialize in treating conditions and injuries related to the foot, ankle, and lower extremities. This can range from an ingrown toenail to total ankle replacement surgery. Some of the most common procedures for podiatrists include treating: 

  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Treating lesions and ulcers

A podiatrist can commit medical malpractice when he or she fails to treat the patient within the bounds of the accepted standard of care for this field of medicine. Foot injury malpractice can have a major impact on the patient’s wellbeing, which can prevent them from participating in sports and recreation, cause chronic pain, or require multiple follow-up surgeries. 

If you believe your foot or ankle injury was caused by medical negligence, it is important to contact a medical malpractice attorney representing clients in your state. A medical malpractice lawsuit can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Contact us for help today online or call (800) 529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian
Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm’s litigation practice.  Briggs’ legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 


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