NEW PORT RICHEY — Spinal surgeon Dr. Alfred O. Bonati and his Bonati Institute were sued in Pasco Circuit Court this week by a patient who says he underwent 10 unnecessary surgeries at the Hudson medical complex.
Avery Short also named another doctor at the Bonati Institute in his lawsuit, Dr. Jorge O. Weksler. Short's lawsuit, which doesn't say which dates he was at the institute, states that he underwent "negligently conducted surgery" and negligent "pre- and post-surgical care."
The lawsuit accuses the two doctors and the institute of conspiracy to commit fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices and medical negligence. The suit also accuses Weksler of fraud.
The suit was filed Monday and seeks more than $15,000 in damages — the minimum needed to qualify for circuit court. A Bonati Institute spokesman could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Bonati has been involved in litigation before. In 2001 he ended a number of malpractice claims with an $8-million settlement. He admitted no liability, his former patients dismissed their complaints and his practice was allowed to emerge from bankruptcy.