Celebrity Doctor Bogged Down in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, the doctor who appeared on My 600 Pound Life was a favorite of fans of the show because of his willingness to extend a helping hand to those in need, his acerbic nature, and his less-than-pleasant bedside manner. The show, which follows the lives of real people who are struggling with severe obesity, shows obese people before, during, and after their surgeries. These surgeries are performed by Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, also known as Dr. Now. As the show’s star, the doctor is featured prominently as the proverbial angel who comes in to save the day. However, he is also implicated in several medical malpractice lawsuits despite his television prominence.
Dr. Nowzaradan has allegedly performed over 2000 weightloss surgeries on various patients, but not all of those patients are happy with the results.
Lawsuits Against Nowzaradan
Dr. Nowzaradan performed a gastric bypass surgery on a patient names Michelle Park. According to Park, she believed that the surgery had gone without complication until it was later discovered that Nowzaradan had left a seven-inch piece of plastic tubing inside of her. The lawsuit was later dropped for undisclosed reasons.
Colleen Shepherd filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Nowzaradan after her daughter died during a gastric bypass surgery. This lawsuit appears to have been dropped as well.
Five years later, another person filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Nowzaradan.
He denied that he was culpable of medical negligence in each instance, which is not at all shocking for a doctor.
Nonetheless, the show’s producers have seen fit to assign a second doctor to the patient’s cases, according to several patients who have been on the show. They claim that Nowzaradan is largely a figurehead and the face of the show.
Nowzaradan Acerbity Rubs Some the Wrong Way
While an acerbic personality can be well-liked on television, there are many who decry the doctor’s comments as cruel and unnecessary. They worry about the mental health of patients who suffer from severe obesity. Then again, the entire TV show can be accused of being a modern day freak show. Such shows highlight those in severe physical or emotional distress and then parade them in front of views for the shock value.
While this can blur the lines between medical negligence and other personal injury torts, like the intentional infliction of emotional distress, those who appear on the show consent to be there. It’s difficult to say if a claim against the show or its star doctor would be actionable in a court of law. Further difficulties arise in the form of liability waivers and other documentation that those who appear on the show are likely forced to sign.
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