Judith Julian, an Arizona woman, is the most recent plaintiff to come forward and accuse a deceased surgeon of medical negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that there are now approximately twenty such claims that have been filed this year. Daniel Ronel, the plastic surgeon whose estate is named in the lawsuit, recently passed away in a one-car accident in New Mexico. Julian’s claim accused the doctor of medical malpractice following her surgical debridement and abdominoplasty procedure, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck“. Julian claims that she suffered “bodily injury, physical and emotional, past and future pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, past and future medical and related expenses and partial loss of enjoyment of life.” Julian also named the Physicians Plaza Surgery Center of Santa Fe, claiming that they failed to realize that Dr. Ronel was unable and ill-equipped to perform surgery.
Doctor’s License was in Danger
Prior to Ronel’s death, he was scheduled to go before the New Mexico Medical Board because of ten charges of medical negligence that were brought forth by former patients. That hearing could have led to a suspension for the doctor or even a potential revocation of his license to practice medicine in the state. Now, medical malpractice attorneys will argue their cases in front of juries in the state of New Mexico who will then determine if the doctor was negligent and owes compensation from his estate.
Ronel’s wife was quoted as saying, ”I knew this would happen, because a dead doctor is a very easy target.” Mrs. Ronel has publicly stated that she believes fault lies with her husband’s patients and not with him –
“Some of these cases are from life seven years ago. They’re complaining they didn’t like their scar. Meanwhile, they did not follow doctor’s orders. They smoked. They continued to be morbidly obese in some cases. That’s not a judgment. Its just not healthy in healing from surgery.”
Although Elizabeth Ronel has strong opinions, medical malpractice attorneys believe that these plaintiffs may have viable cases if it can be shown that the doctor was indeed negligent while practicing medicine.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or a family member have recently been the victim of medical negligence, you should discuss your legal rights with medical malpractice attorneys. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia