Doctor Accused of Medical Malpractice Disappears

The Arizona Republic reports that an Arizona doctor whose license was recently revoked after three people died during or after liposuction procedures has disappeared. The doctor is facing not only wrongful deathad medical malpractice cases, but is also wanted for questioning by the police.

This might spell yet another disaster for the families bringing wrongful death medical malpractice claims because the insurer may well disclaim coverage because the doctor is not cooperating with the defense. The plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyer will argue that his absence does not practically prejudice the case because the malpractice was so clear. But this is a tough argument.

This does not happen often but there should be a means of obtaining compensation in the rare cases where this does happen.