Malpractice Lawyers NJ-Banned Doc Pays Bigtime
Patricia Maze of Hopatcong New Jersey once suffered from back pain. It was bad enough to prompt her to see a doctor, but not so bad that she couldn’t function. So she went to a local anesthesiologist named Dr. Richard Kaul, who held himself out to the public as a specialist in “pain management.”
What Ms. Maze didn’t know was that Dr. Kaul had recently come to New Jersey from Great Britain, where he’d been convicted of negligent manslaughter for over-sedating and killing a dental patient. This incident apparently failed to humble Dr. Kaul, however, who figured his license to practice anesthesiology here in the United States entitled him to do spinal surgery as well.
So, in November of 2008, Patricia Maze submitted herself to spinal fusion surgery by Dr. Kaul at the Bergen Passaic Ambulatory Surgery Center in Clifton New Jersey, and emerged from the procedure unable to walk and bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. From 5’4″ and fully functional, to 4’7″ and unable to speak or breath without difficulty due to the compression of her organs, Ms. Maze now suffers in a “living hell”, according to the evidence assembled in her civil suit recently settled in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
A trial had been scheduled, but the case was settled soon after Ms. Maze came into the courtroom during jury selection. The exact terms of the settlement could not be disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement signed by both sides.
The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners has revoked Dr. Kaul’s license for performing surgeries without sufficient training and misrepresenting himself as “board-certified” in minimally invasive spinal surgery when in fact his only certification was in anesthesiology.
At this writing, Dr. Kaul faces several additional medical malpractice lawsuits in New Jersey, but despite it all, is said to remain defiant, promising to return to medical practice and expand his reach into other countries. Heaven help us.