CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – A Kentucky doctor who failed a drug test after he was pulled from the operating room has been found liable in a civil trial.
The jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before reaching their verdict, saying Dr. Michael Heilig did not comply with his duty, which was a substantial factor in causing injury to a woman.
Rebecca Pritchard filed the lawsuit. It’s the first one to go to trial of at least 10 others that have been filed. Pritchard said Heilig performed a hip replacement on her just two days before he failed a drug test. Her lawsuit said she has had complications from that surgery.
The lawsuit claims Heilig was not fit for surgery and should not have been allowed to do her procedure.
This all originated from back in 2018 when Heilig was pulled from the operating room after failing that test. Records we obtained at the time showed Heilig’s surgical team questioned his behavior during his first two surgeries the day of the failed test. During the third surgery, the team stopped the procedure.
Heilig has denied all of these allegations against him.
In addition to Heilig Kentucky Orthopedic Associates, Clark Regional Medical Center and Lifepoint of Kentucky were named as co-defendants. Of an $800,000 sum the jury awarded to Pritchard, we don’t know how much Heilig will be responsible for paying.