Large royalties ignite discussion of appropriateness of spinal fusion surgeries
Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 15, 2012 in Defective Products & Medications
The Wall Street Journal recently (December 20, 2010) reported on the millions of dollars paid by the manufacturer of spinal fusion hardware to a group of orthopedic surgeons in Louisville, Kentucky.
The article states the five doctors named in the article were paid more than $7 million through the first three quarters of 2010. The article raised the question of what medical conditions require spinal fusion as the appropriate treatment. In fact, a lawsuit was brought by a whistleblower from within the manufacturer of the spinal fusion equipment who was an attorney in the company, alleging the “royalties” paid were kickbacks to encourage more surgeries. The Wall Street Journal reported the whistleblower case was settled for some $40 million dollars after the U.S. Justice Department got involved. Schmidt Kramer’s clients who have been hurt in car accidents or when they have slipped and fallen, often suffer injuries to their backs. The lawyers at Schmidt Kramer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania regularly represent individuals with back injuries caused by others. Submitted by Joe Chapman, attorney at Schmidt Kramer.