March hasn't been a great month for Dr. Minch K. Fong.
The Mission Viejo physician and surgeon is now also a defendant in Orange County Superior Court where two unrelated medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against him.
In one case, the family of a dead man claims that Fong caused the fatality.
On March 14, lawyers for Susan Gralneck filed a 5-page lawsuit that
claims Fong and the Laguna Hills-based South Orange County Hematology Oncology
Associates, where Fong works, misdiagnosed her husband Alan's medical
condition, provided substandard professional care and caused his death.
Two days earlier, Fong saw another medical malpractice lawsuit filed against him. This case, filed by Louise Cote and her husband Marc Raymond of Mission Viejo, alleges Fong provided substandard radiation treatment, caused a painful full body rash and made a serious medical decision about chemotherapy without consulting Cote.
According to that lawsuit, Fong's acts caused “great mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering” as well as additional medical costs.
Raymond and Cote seek at least $400,000 in damages.
Fong, a 1992 graduate of the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, has not yet filed a formal response in court to the allegations. Online Internet patients reviews have generally been positive about Fong's work. One website hails him as a “Super Doctor.” Records at the Medical Board of California show that Fong had no prior negative actions taken against him.
Both lawsuits have been assigned to Superior Court Judge Francisco Firmat.
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