Like the rest of San Antonio and South Texas, the personal injury lawyers at Crosley Law are deeply concerned about the allegations in the indictment against Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada. We are actively investigating the claims of several potential victims.
A Grand Jury Indicted Dr. Zamora-Quezada With Multiple Crimes
On May 9, 2018, a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas indicted Dr. Zamora-Quezada with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud (five counts), and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors allege that for roughly 18 years, Dr. Zamora-Quezada misdiagnosed patients with medical conditions, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Other diseases
“The indictment lists at least 16 victims, but other sources speculate that hundreds of Dr. Zamora-Quezada’s patients could be involved.”
It is further alleged that he improperly treated patients with expensive chemotherapy drugs so he could bill insurance companies and government agencies for these unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments. The indictment lists at least 16 victims, but other sources speculate that hundreds of Dr. Zamora-Quezada’s patients could be involved.
If true, the allegations show a pattern of disregard for his patients’ welfare. In 2009, for example, the Texas Medical Board reprimanded Dr. Zamora-Quezada for “ordering excessive laboratory tests and imaging studies for multiple patients without adequate justification or documentation.” The Board ordered an independent audit of his billing practices, two years of monitoring, and mandatory training sessions. However, the federal indictment alleges Dr. Zamora-Quezada’s misconduct continued after this warning.
Dr. Zamora-Quezada and his associates allegedly used the proceeds from these unnecessary, dangerous treatments to fund lavish lifestyles. The indictment specifically claims that Dr. Zamora-Quezada used illegally-obtained funds to purchase:
- A private jet
- Maserati and Porsche sports cars
- Luxury items like Louis Vuitton clothing
- Multiple properties in the United States and Mexico.
The U.S. Government believes that Dr. Zamora-Quezada defrauded insurance companies and government agencies of approximately $240 million. The government has seized many of the doctor’s properties, and he is being held without bond due to his perceived flight risk.
In Texas, you must file a claim within two years of your last improper treatment. Otherwise, the court will automatically dismiss your claim. If Dr. Zamora-Quezada’s office treated you in 2017 or 2018, you might have a medical malpractice claim. Contact Crosley Law for a free, no-risk evaluation.
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What Does This Indictment Mean for Injured Victims?
A grand jury indictment focuses on criminal activity. To obtain an indictment, prosecutors must convince a grand jury that there is probable cause for criminal charges. The grand jury typically listens to testimony, but the accused cannot present a defense. If indicted, a federal prosecutor will almost always pursue criminal charges against the accused. This is what has happened against Dr. Zamora-Quezada.
However, there are two types of law that apply to situations like these.
The criminal proceedings are initiated by the federal or state government. The criminal case will determine if the accused will go to prison (and for how long), and it will determine if there are any fines that must be paid to the government. Some compensation to victims (known as “restitution”) may be part of the criminal’s sentence, but many factors can limit the amount of restitution that is paid to victims in criminal cases. Plus, the criminal case must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is a very high standard for conviction.
A civil case, on the other hand, must be initiated by a private party, like an injured victim of Dr. Zamora-Quezada. The punishment in a civil case is usually a sum of money paid to the victim (and/or their loved ones). Unlike a criminal case, a civil case must be proven with “a preponderance of the evidence.” This means that even if someone is not found guilty of a crime, they could still be held fully responsible for a victim’s injuries and losses.
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Dr. Zamora-Quezada is innocent until proven guilty, and victims may not get compensation for all their losses from the criminal proceedings. So, in addition to helping law enforcement, injured victims of Dr. Zamora-Quezada should pursue a personal injury case against him.
Potential victims need to act quickly to contact both law enforcement authorities and a personal injury lawyer. The FBI continues to investigate Dr. Zamora-Quezada, and potential victims should contact the FBI by either calling 833-432-4873 (option 8) or emailing ZamoraPatient@fbi.gov.
Do Patients Have Personal Injury Claims Against Dr. Zamora-Quezada for Their Diagnoses and Treatment?
As we mentioned above, in addition to helping the criminal prosecution, patients who were wrongfully diagnosed and treated may have personal injury claims against the doctor and his associates. In a personal injury claim, you can demand compensation for your injuries, including losses such as:
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- And other damages
If the allegations against Dr. Zamora-Quezada are true, victims may have additional claims for punitive damages. These are awarded to punish someone for intentional misconduct.
Based on Crosley Law’s current investigation into Dr. Zamora-Quezada, victims may have substantial personal injury claims against him. For example, patients are struggling to deal with the pain and suffering that unnecessary chemotherapy treatments caused them. Chemotherapy isn’t just used to treat cancer. Doctors also prescribe it for autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Chemotherapy drugs attack cancer and other damaged cells, slowing their growth and sometimes killing them. However, chemotherapy medications can also damage healthy cells, such as a patient’s blood, hair, and stomach cells. This damage can cause serious side effects. While many side effects (such as hair loss and nausea) are usually temporary, some patients can suffer long-lasting damage to their lungs, heart, reproductive systems, kidneys, and nerves.
If you were improperly diagnosed and given unnecessary and harmful treatments by Dr. Zamora-Quezada, you should contact Crosley Law right away. The prosecutor in the criminal case will not pursue a personal injury claim for you. Instead, it is your responsibility to either file a claim on your own or hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
But you’ll need to act quickly. While rare exceptions exist, personal injury claims have strict filing deadlines. If you miss this deadline, you lose your right to compensation. And before you file, you and your personal injury lawyer will need to compile your medical records, consult with experts, and calculate your damages. This is a detailed and time-consuming process.
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Crosley Law Is Already Assisting Several Victims of Dr. Zamora-Quezada
Several potential victims of Dr. Zamora-Quezada have already contacted Crosley Law, and we are currently investigating these cases. We intend to work closely with law enforcement, and we will closely monitor his criminal prosecution. If you are a victim of Dr. Zamora-Quezada, contact us immediately.
Misdiagnosis and medical malpractice claims are very complicated. Without detailed knowledge and experience in this area of the law, it’s easy to make mistakes. We strongly encourage all victims to consult with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Crosley Law. To schedule a no-risk consultation with one of our lawyers, call us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or complete our simple online form.
Garcia, B. (2018, May 18). Indicted doctor has history of disciplinary issues. The Monitor. Retrieved from http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_a32c93fa-5b11-11e8-9339-83c6d1e3c0ac.html
Sealed Indictment (2018, May 9.) U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Retrieved from https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1062736/download
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