Silsbee man says hospital to blame for MRSA infection

Kelly Holleran May 6, 2009, 5:52am

A Silsbee man has filed suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, alleging he developed ulcers, an infection and pneumonia after his stay at the hospital.

Ronald Lee Lewis says he was a patient at Christus for continuing medical care from Feb. 14, 2007, until March 24, 2007.

During his treatment, however, Lewis claims he suffered from a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, ventilator-associated pneumonia and several decubitus ulcers due to the hospital's failure to have an adequate pressure ulcer prevention program.

Lewis filed a medical malpractice suit against the hospital May 1 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the complaint, the hospital employees admitted a patient knowing the patient's needs could not be met, failed to evaluate and maintain Lewis's wounds, failed to keep appropriate medical records and failed to document a plan of care.

Lewis alleges the hospital was guilty of negligence and breached its duty to provide proper care and protection to Lewis.

As a result of the care he was given at the hospital, Lewis incurred medical expenses, experienced past and future physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement, fear of a future disease and costs of medical monitoring and prevention, according to the complaint.

Lewis is seeking unspecified exemplary damages, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate and other relief to which he may be entitled.

He is represented by Brett S. Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck and Adams in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A183-940.

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