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Connecticut Hospital Faces Malpractice Suit

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A Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury will hear arguments today in a lawsuit filed by Diane and Scott Buchanan, alleging Greenwich Hospital was negligent in entrusting plastic surgeon, Dr. Ian Rubins, with hospital privileges while knowing he had substance abuse problems.

The lawsuit says that Diane suffered serious complications after undergoing three cosmetic surgeries with Rubins. “Greenwich Hospital’s conduct was recklessly indifferent to Diane Buchanan’s rights,” states the complaint. “As a result of the carelessness and negligence of Greenwich Hospital, Diane Buchanan suffered severe, painful and permanent injuries,” the reported. Rubins died in 2008 of a heroin overdose at the age of 46.

Previously, Rubins had been seen asleep standing up, while in between two surgeries. Other witnesses said they had seen him with his eyes rolled back in his head and his speech slurred. Rubins also was caught after he injected Fentanyl stolen from an operating room, and replaced the syringe with saline.

The lawsuits alleges negligence, medical malpractice, negligent credentialing and misrepresentation.  The lawsuit also alleges violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, in which a person who has suffered economic harm through practices prohibited by CUTPA can attempt to recover damages. disclaimer: This article: Connecticut Hospital Faces Malpractice Suit was posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 6:18 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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