FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) – Marie Woolen said she sunk into a depression after finding out the doctor she sent her son to diagnosed him with a condition he didn’t have.
“It’s been devastating,” said Woolen She’s one of hundreds of people involved in a class action lawsuit against Dearborn-based neurologist, Dr. Yasser Awaad.
The class action lawsuit has hundreds of parents claiming the doctor diagnosed their children with epilepsy.
They believe the heavy medication their kids were placed on has caused physical and psychological damage.
“My hopes and dreams have been shattered,” said Woolen. “He can’t be a doctor, he can’t be a lawyer… his memory is completely distorted.”
“My one daughter’s pills were like 500 and something dollars. There were some times where I would literally cry. What do you do? Do you eat? Do you buy the medicine… I’d rather buy the medicine,” said parent Laura Abdel-Sater.
Now, a new bill is being introduced by Senator Arlan Meekhof, Senator John Moolenaar, and Senator Virgil Smith and it has the parents worried.
Attorney Brian Benner said it is not tough enough.
Parents involved in the class action lawsuit are concerned the bill would allow other doctors who commit malpractice to walk away with no consequences.
“This bill makes a mockery out of the justice system. Whatever happened to patient safety? We should have patient safety bills,” said attorney Brian Benner, representing the parents involved.
“It’s like if you go around and say you didn’t do it… it’s okay,” said Laura Abdel-Sater.
A representative from Senator Moolenaar’s office told 7 Action News they were in the early stages in the process of legislation.
Still, some mothers who say they have been affected by Dr. Awaad are uneasy.
“I’m worried if this bill passes my son will not have any recourse,” said Woolen.
Parents involved in the class action suit said they will continue to fight for their children and other kids who could become the victims of malpractice.
“He shouldn’t have no type of license inflicting this much pain on this many children,” said Abdel-Sater.
“What I’d like to see happen is dr awaad’s license to be taken away, because he’s taken advantage of the most vulnerable of our society and they don’t want to see this happen to anyone else,” said Benner.
Meanwhile, Benner and Washington D.C based attorney Nathan Finch are still collecting discoveries in the class action lawsuit. The hope to go to trial sometime next year.