March 19, 2022

An internal medicine doctor in Pennsylvania has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his former podiatrist and two medical facilities for the loss of his right lower leg due to the alleged medical negligence of the podiatrist who treated him with a contact cast that was inappropriate due to the internist’s underlying medical conditions, according to his lawsuit.

Internist Mario Adajar, MD’s Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that when he first sought treatment from podiatrist Michael Baloga Jr., DPM in December 2020 for calluses on his feet and a chronic ulcer on his right foot, he advised Baloga that he had type II diabetes and that he had recently undergone kidney transplant surgery.

Over the course of several months of treatment, Baloga debrided Adajar’s ulcer at least ten times, including during the initial visit. Despite the podiatric treatments, Adajar alleges in his Pennsylvania podiatry malpractice complaint that his wound was getting worse, his pain level was seven out of ten, and that a total contact cast ultimately was applied. The following day, Adajar was in excruciating pain emanating from under the cast and he had a temperature of 102.3 degrees, resulting in an urgent visit to the emergency room.

Adajar’s complaint alleges that he developed septic shock in the emergency room that led to atrial fibrillation and acute hypoxic respiratory failure that required intubation. Adajar’s right foot ulcer developed a severe infection and gas gangrene, and he was subsequently diagnosed with gram-negative bacilli bacteremia. As a result of necessary intensive debridement of the wound in the hospital and the serious infection, Adajar never regained feeling in his right lower leg and he had no control of his right leg. The following month, Adajar required amputation of his lower right leg.

Adajar’s podiatrist malpractice complaint against Baloga, the Foot and Ankle Center, and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Wound Healing Center alleges that “had proper, medical intervention taken place, Dr. Adajar would not have required such intense intervention and would not have had his leg amputated… [the team] knew or should have known that a total contact leg cast was inappropriate and dangerous given Dr. Adajar’s prior medical condition.”

Adajar has returned to work as an internist. He is seeking in excess of $50,000 in compensatory damages. Baloga reportedly remains chief of the podiatric medicine and surgery department at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


Foot and ankle surgery medical malpractice statistics indicate that podiatrists were sued for persistent pain in 41.8 percent of the cases and for deformation in 27.3 percent of the cases; 45.5 percent of the lawsuits alleged failure to treat and 27.3 percent alleged an inappropriate surgical procedure.
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