Lawyers trolling for St. Joseph's stent patients
Last week The Sun broke the story that St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson had alerted hundreds of patients that they may have received artery-clearing stents they didn't need.
Already the malpractice lawyers are out in force. Saiontz & Kirk was running TV ads over the weekend and they've already got a toll-free number. 1-888-STENT-11! The usual somber-voiced voiceover guy comes on. "ATTENTION! St. Joseph's hospital stent patients. If you or a family member received a warning letter from St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, Md., about medical concerns regarding a stent procedure YOU have important legal rights."
Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz have a Google paid link: Improper Stent-Dr. Midei? "You've Been Wronged. We Can Help Protect Your Legal Rights!" Their Web page says: "A former cardiologist with a large, well-known Cardiovascular Group in Baltimore is under investigation for performing unneeded and unnecessary stenting procedures upon patients who did not clinically require stenting based on test results." Amazing how they know the stents were unnecessary even though the the investigation is still continuing, no evidence has been entered in court and Dr. Mark Midei, who says he expects to be exonerated, hasn't had a chance to give his side of what happened.
With so much money on the line and several lawyers vying for would-be plaintiffs' business, fundamental economic theory says that plaintiffs should be able to bargain the lawyers down from their usual 30 percent fees or whatever they are. But I've never heard of this happening. Hey plaintiffs: See if Saiontz & Kirk will take you for 15 percent.