In 2016, Dr. Daniel Castro, a former ears, nose, and throat doctor (known as an Otolaryngologist) at the Medical Center of Battle Creek paid $275,000 to the government to settle claims related to fraudulently billing Medicaid for sinus procedures which were either not performed or not medically necessary while he was at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma. Despite this costly settlement and significant allegations of widespread fraud and medical malpractice, Dr. Castro was allowed to treat countless patients across Battle Creek and the surrounding communities, including Springfield, Emmett, Pennfield, Bedford, Bronson, Batavia, Coldwater, Colon, Pavilion, Richland, Portage, Kalamazoo, and throughout Michigan.
Our firm is currently accepting clients who may have undergone unnecessary sinus procedures performed by Dr. Dan Castro. Because of important legal deadlines, if you or a family member underwent a sinus procedure with Dr. Castro, we invite you to contact us immediately at 1.800.366.8653 to schedule a free consultation with experienced Battle Creek medical malpractice attorney.
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For your convenience, our dedicated medical malpractice attorneys serve clients in the surrounding communities from our convenient Berkley, Lapeer, and Battle Creek offices. Because there is no fee to find out if you are entitled to pursue compensation from Dr. Castro, it is critical to reach out to us a soon as possible to preserve your right to seek justice and maximum compensation.
The Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Dr. Dan Castro & Healthcare Management Associates (HMA).
From 2005 to 2010, sinus surgeon Dr. Daniel Castro practiced at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma (MCSO), which was then owned by Healthcare Management Associates (HMA). In 2012, a whistleblower (Sandra Simmons) alerted the U.S. government under the False Claims Act that Dr. Castro, MCSO, and HMA were billing SoonerCare, the Oklahoma Medicaid program, for sinus procedures that were either not performed as claimed and/or were not medically necessary. Subsequently, in 2016, Dr. Castro agreed to pay the United States and the State of Oklahoma $275,000, and the HMA paid $1.5 million dollars to reimburse the government for unnecessary sinus procedures, treatments, and services.
The allegations settled with Dr. Castro and HMA were raised in a lawsuit filed under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act. The Act allows private citizens with information regarding fraud to bring civil actions on behalf of the government and to share in any recovery. Despite the government ultimately taking over the case, the whistleblower, Sandra Simmons, received a share of the substantial settlement for exposing Dr. Castro’s fraudulent healthcare practices.
Where Did Dr. Dan Castro Work in Michigan?
In 2012, Dr. Castro was hired by the Medical Center of Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, as well as the Medical Center of Bronson Battle Creek. Despite the allegations of fraud and substantial settlements in 2016, Dr. Castro was allowed to treat countless Michigan residents at the Medical Center of Bronson Battle Creek until May 2017. Consequently, numerous Michigan residents may have undergone unnecessary sinus procedures, such as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and debridement, or been billed for procedures that were never performed.
If you or a loved one underwent an unnecessary sinus procedure with Dr. Castro, you could be entitled to pursue substantial compensation for the trauma and losses you and your family have experienced, including (but not limited to):
- Medical Bills
- Surgical Expenses
- Prescription Medications
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
Schedule A Free Consultation with An Experienced Battle Creek Medical Malpractice Attorney to Learn If You Qualify to Participate in the Lawsuit Against Dr. Castro and Medical Center of Bronson Battle Creek
If you or a loved one was treated by Dr. Daniel Castro, we urge you to call our office today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Our experienced Battle Creek medical malpractice lawyers can review the facts of your case and determine whether you or a loved one may be entitled to pursue justice and maximum compensation in our lawsuit against Dr. Castro and the Medical Center of Bronson Battle Creek.