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Avoiding Jail, Triple Damages, Knee Problem

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A prominent Northern Kentucky radiologist has avoided jail time for making secret video recordings of a teenage girl. In other legal news, CSX Transportation is requesting the tripling of a jury award that it won from a radiologist and two lawyers, and a woman is suing a University of Iowa Health Care affiliate for, she says, not telling her about a lesion that showed up on a knee X-ray.

In 2010, Jeffrey Dardinger, MD, set up a camera in his home to record the girl entering and leaving the shower. As we reported last month on our Facebook page, the allegations do not involve a patient or any activities connected to his medical practice. But Dr. Dardinger lost his job with Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, his attorney, Perry Ancona, said:

His life really has fallen off the cliff.

His victim said much the same applies to her. In a letter read in court, the woman, now a 20-year-old college sophomore, said, “Jeffrey Dardinger has successfully ruined every ounce of the trust I have in people.”

Dr. Dardinger apologized last week during his sentencing, saying, “I was full of arrogance and pride.” He was sentenced to three years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $2,500 fine. And he has to report as a sex offender for 15 years.

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  • CSX wants a $429,240.27 jury award it won in December tripled under provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. As we reported, CSX won a civil case against radiologist Ray Harron, MD, and lawyers Robert Peirce and Louis Raimond over fraudulent asbestos claims filed against CSX. According to The West Virginia Record, the lawyers responded by asking that the verdict be thrown out, or at least that they receive a new trial. Expect this long-running case to continue dragging on.
  • Barbara Gericke of Tiffin, Iowa, is suing UI HealthWorks in North Liberty, Iowa, where she received treatment for a knee injury in February 2011. The Daily Iowan reports that a nurse practitioner reading an X-ray of Gericke’s right knee found no fracture but noticed a possible bone cyst in the tibia. The radiology department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics later read the scan and also noticed the lesion. But, Gericke said, nobody told her about it. More than a year later, she sought treatment from a different physician for knee pain. It turned out, the lawsuit says, that the lesion was bone cancer. Gericke eventually had her leg amputated above the knee. The lawsuit seeks compensation for past and future expenses, scarring, and disfigurement, as well as other damages.

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