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Med-Mal Plaintiffs Reach $66M Settlement Against Indian American Cardiologist for Allegedly Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures
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MUNSTER, IN-A settlement exceeding $66 million has been announced in favor of more than 260 patients who claimed they were the victims of malpractice at the hands of Indian American cardiologist Dr. Arvind Gandhi of northwest Indiana.
Gandhi allegedly performed unnecessary cardiac procedures and device implantations, according to reports.
The Indianapolis firm of Cohen & Malad P.C. and the Merrillville firm of Theodoros & Rooth announced the $66.5 million settlement Nov. 10, reports said.
The firms represent 262 patients who sued Gandhi and his associates at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana P.C., it added.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, and the defendants “deny that they had engaged in any negligent or otherwise improper conduct and deny any liability relative to the claims,” according to the announcement from the plaintiffs’ firms, according to an Indian Lawyer report.
The announcement said the settlement was reached “with a Northwest Indiana cardiology group, a Northwest Indiana hospital, and with the participation of the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund,” the report said.
The settlement comes after six years of litigation against Gandhi, his associates and cardiology practice, and Community Hospital of Munster, it said.
Plaintiffs claimed that Gandhi’s group had implanted pacemakers or defibrillators they didn’t need and routinely scheduled unnecessary procedures, among other allegations, the report added.
Some cases proceeded to state court while others were filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance. The first verdict against Gandhi was handed down in December 2015, it said.
In October 2014, Cohen & Malad announced that more than 20 medical malpractice injury lawsuits had been filed. By 2016, that number had increased to nearly 300, the report said.
Several cases named Community Hospital of Munster as a defendant, claiming the hospital “act(ed) in concert with the doctors, and that the hospital was putting profits ahead of patient safety by allowing doctors to do things they were not qualified to do,” the report said.
Community Hospital denied those allegations.
According to the Nov. 10 announcement, paperwork for claimants or their estates is being completed to consummate the settlement, the report said.