The Law Offices of Robert Vaage is proud to announce that Attorney Vaage
has successfully secured $8.5 million for two of his clients in a lawsuit
against UCLA. Late last month, University of California regents agreed
to pay the sum following a serious conflict of interest that resulted
in medical consequences for the two plaintiffs.
LA Times reports, the lawsuit named Dr. Jeffrey Wang, UCLA, and Medtronic—the world's
biggest medical device company—as defendants. It alleges that Wang,
formerly a UCLA surgeon, failed to inform his two patients that he had
received money from Medtronic to use unapproved, "off-label"
medical devices and methods during their spinal surgeries. Jerome Lew,
52, and Ralph Weiss, 61, both claim to suffer continued and debilitating
medical symptoms due to Wang's treatment.
Speaking to the press, Attorney Vaage reiterated that UCLA (which is part
of the UC network of universities) also bore some responsibility. UCLA
was allegedly aware of Wang's dealings with Medtronic, but turned
a blind eye to them because he "was bringing a lot of business into
the university from the number of procedures to the amount of clinical
studies he was doing."
In both Mr. Lew and Mr. Weiss' surgeries, Wang implanted a controversial
product a manner that was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration,
a method that is considered "off-label" treatment. Off-label
treatment is legal, but only when doctors believe that it is the optimal
way to treat a patient.
Mr. Lew and Mr. Weiss' suit alleges that they only reason why they
were subjected to off-label treatment was because Wang had received considerable
money from Medtronic to use their products on patients. "I chose
UCLA and Dr. Wang for my spine surgery based upon their sterling reputations.
I was astonished and offended when I found out about the conflicts that
were never disclosed to me," Mr. Weiss said in a statement.
Wang, UCLA, and Medtronic all maintain that there was no wrongdoing and
that Wang was not paid by Medtronic to act in any specific manner. However,
records show that Wang has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars
by Medtronic since 2009 and received over a million from other device
companies in 2014 and 2015 alone. The federal government estimates that
medical device industry payments to U.S. doctors amount to roughly $6.5
billion a year.
Mr. Lew will receive $4.2 million from the UC regents and Mr. Ralph Weiss
will receive $4.25. We congratulate Attorney Vaage for this major victory
on behalf of his clients and know that it stands as just the latest example
of the exemplary work our firm is capable of.
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