A law firm has filed two lawsuits against the former owner of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, who was implicated in a multi-million dollar workers’ compensation scam affecting some 300 people.

AgnewBrusavich, based in Torrance, filed two suits on behalf of former patients Abraham Pena and Frank Gomez, against former hospital owner Michael Drobot Sr., his son Michael Drobot Jr., Dr. Simon Lavi and Dr. Edward Kolpin.

The civil lawsuits allege Drobot worked a scheme to steer workers’ compensation patients to Pacific Hospital for spinal fusion surgeries performed using defective screws and other surgical hardware. In total, nearly 300 patients were involved in the scandal, said Bruce Brusavich, lead attorney for Pena and Gomez.

“I filed these two lawsuits to help my clients get answers as to what was done to them and how dangerous is the hardware that was implanted in their bodies,” Brusavich said in an email.

Brusavich said his two clients were injured at work through no fault of their own and had to seek medical care through the worker’s compensation system.

“Having been used by this group of doctors and Drobot’s hospital to take advantage of the WC system, my clients are now fighting within the utilization review process to get appropriate medical care to try and undo the damage done to them, if possible,” he said. “These suits will give them some control over their medical care and bring accountability for two victims of what has been called the largest WC fraud in the history of California.”


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