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Families Take Legal Action Against Houston Surgeon Accused Of Manipulating Liver Transplant Medical Records

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Houston medical malpractice lawyer explains cases involving two clients

The families of three men who died while waiting for liver transplants are seeking a temporary restraining order against a Houston surgeon who reportedly manipulated medical records which resulted in the men not receiving life-saving transplants, according to KHOU 11 News.

“The restraining order is to prevent Dr. Steve Bynon from deleting or destroying critical evidence that could help their clients show if their loved ones were improperly denied liver transplants,” KHOU 11 News reported.

Two of the families are being represented by medical malpractice attorneys at Tracey Fox & Walters in Houston, who are determined to uncover the truth and ensure that justice is served for all surviving family members.

Surgeon accused of altering medical records for liver transplant patients

Federal health officials recently launched an investigation into allegations that Dr. Steve Bynon “was secretly manipulating a government database to make some of his own patients ineligible to receive new livers, potentially depriving them of lifesaving care,” according to a recent The New York Times story about the ongoing investigation.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investigating the allegations, according to a statement published by The New York Times. The United Network for Organ Sharing, the federal contractor that oversees the country’s organ transplant system, is also investigating allegations of Dr. Byron altering patients’ medical records, resulting in patients not receiving a liver transplant.

Dr. Bynon oversaw the liver and kidney transplant programs at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Texas. The New York Times reported that the Houston medical facility shut down both transplant programs earlier this month in response to ongoing investigations. The Houston hospital is also conducting an internal investigation.

Complaint sparks investigation into liver transplant waiting list ‘irregularities’

Federal officials recently began investigating Dr. Bynon and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston in response to a complaint filed by an unknown individual, according to The New York Times.

“An analysis then found what the hospital called ‘irregularities’ in how patients were classified on a waiting list for liver transplants,” The New York Times reported. “When doctors place a patient on the list, they must identify the types of donors they would consider, including the person’s age and weight.”

“Hospital officials said they found patients had been listed as accepting only donors with ages and weights that were impossible — for instance, a 300-pound toddler — making them unable to receive any transplant,” The New York Times added.

Soon after, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center said in a statement earlier this month “that a doctor in its liver transplant program had admitted to changing patient records,” according to The New York Times. The newspaper identified the doctor as Dr. Bynon based on a statement from an unidentified hospital official with knowledge of the ongoing investigation.

Houston medical malpractice attorneys fighting for families’ rights

The law firm of Tracey Fox & Walters is honored to represent the families of two of the men who died while waiting for liver transplants at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center but never received the life-saving operations due to falsified medical records.

Our medical malpractice lawyers regularly represent people harmed by medical negligence. Our law firm is currently handling another ongoing legal case involving dozens of people harmed by an unlicensed surgical assistant in Houston.

Medical malpractice injury victims and their families choose our law firm to represent them because they know we work tirelessly to hold medical professionals accountable for their actions. Learn more about your legal rights if you or a loved one was harmed due to medical negligence. Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation to see how a medical negligence attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

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