OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gibbs Law Group and co-counsel firms Cohen & Malad and Theodoros & Rooth filed a lawsuit on February 1, 2022, on behalf of a former patient of ENT/head and neck surgeon Dr. Alen N. Cohen (“Dr. Cohen”) and plastic surgeon Matthew “Matt” Hershcovitch (“Dr. Hershcovitch”) for allegedly recommending unnecessary sinus surgery despite no indication that the patient had any sinus disease that would necessitate such a procedure.
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According to the recently filed lawsuit, 20-year-old patient Lena Shiblak sought out the treatment of Dr. Hershcovitch in December 2020 for issues with her nose, which she had broken as a child. The lawsuit states that after both doctors reviewed CT scans that Dr. Hershcovitch had ordered, Dr. Cohen falsely told Shiblak that her CT scans indicated extensive sinus disease that would require her to have a sinus surgery procedure. Then, on January 11, 2021, Shiblak received a nose job and unnecessary sinus surgery from Dr. Cohen with the assistance of Dr. Hershcovitch. Following the procedure, Dr. Cohen reportedly recorded false statements in his operative notes, including that Shiblak had undergone conservative therapy.
The lawsuit further claims that C/V ENT Surgical Group and Southern California Sinus Institute—which maintain the same address in West Hills, CA—failed to properly supervise both Dr. Cohen and Dr. Hershcovitch and negligently credentialed them to perform surgery at their facilities. West Hills Surgical Center, which is where the unnecessary sinus surgery took place, also had a duty to properly supervise and credential its surgeons and had the ability to review the patient's CT scans before the doctors performed the sinus surgery, per the lawsuit.
David Cutshaw of Cohen & Malad, one of the attorneys for the Plaintiff, commented: "We thoroughly reviewed Shiblak’s medical history before filing her case, and believe she is entitled to relief for what amounts to unnecessary surgery that caused medical, emotional, and financial damage.” Plaintiff’s attorney Karen Barth Menzies, of Gibbs Law Group, added, “Doctors have a strict duty to do no harm and act in the best interest of their patients. We are concerned that other patients may have been recommended unnecessary procedures by Dr. Cohen or Dr. Hershcovitch and seek to correct that potential harm.”
What Should Patients of Dr. Alen Cohen or Matt Hershcovitch Do?
Current or former patients of Dr. Alen Cohen, Matt Hershcovitch or other medical professionals from C/V ENT Surgical Group, Southern California Sinus Institute, or West Hills Surgical Center who are concerned they may have been recommended unnecessary sinus procedures may contact Gibbs Law Group at 213-513-7103 to learn more about their legal rights and options.
About Gibbs Law Group
Gibbs Law Group is a California-based law firm committed to protecting the rights of investors and consumers nationwide who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. Our award-winning lawyers have achieved landmark recoveries and over a billion dollars for our clients in high-stakes class action and individual cases. Our attorneys have received numerous honors for their work, including “Top Boutique Law Firm in California,” “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year,” “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Titans of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” “Consumer Protection MVP,” “Best Lawyers in America,” and “Top Cybersecurity/ Privacy Attorneys Under 40.”
About Cohen & Malad
Cohen & Malad is an award-winning Indiana-based law firm with extensive experience litigating class actions, personal injury cases, and mass medical malpractice claims. Their attorneys won a $55 million settlement for more than 280 people who were injured by unnecessary and negligently performed sinus surgeries by former ENT surgeon Mark Weinberger, and have successfully settled more than 260 medical malpractice claims for $66.5 million against a northwest Indiana cardiology group involving claims related to alleged unnecessary cardiac procedures and device implantations. Their attorneys have received numerous accolades for their work, including “Indiana Super Lawyers,” “AV Preeminent,” and “Best Lawyers.”
About Theodoros and Rooth, P.C.
Theodoros & Roof is an award-winning Indiana-based law firm committed to the pursuit of justice on behalf of the injured. For over a decade their attorneys have dedicated 100% of their practice to representing individuals injured as a result of negligence, medical malpractice, defective products and dangerous drugs. Acting as co-lead counsel, Theodoros and Rooth attorneys achieved a $55 million settlement for more than 280 people who were injured by unnecessary and negligently performed sinus surgeries by former ENT surgeon Mark Weinberger, and have successfully settled more than 260 medical malpractice claims for $66.5 million against a northwest Indiana cardiology group involving claims related to alleged unnecessary cardiac procedures and device implantations. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report named them to the “Best Law Firms” list.
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