Woman files malpractice suit against Fannett clinic over drug allergy

Kelly Holleran Jun. 10, 2009, 8:15am


A Chambers County woman has filed a medical malpractice suit on allegations she was given a drug that doctors knew she was allergic to.

Laura Laday says she went to the Fannett Medical Center on May 23, 2007, for lower back pain, swelling of her feet and body aches.

She was treated by Dr. John Arthur Trinh and Dr. Rogelio D. Mendoza, who prescribed Bactrim D.S., a sulfa drug.

According to the complaint filed June 4 in Jefferson County District Court, Laday had a "well-documented" allergy to sulfa drugs.

As a result, Laday claims she suffered a severe allergic reaction to the Bactrim and experienced severe physical impairment and disfigurement and a deterioration of her physical and mental condition, the complaint says. She also incurred medical expenses and suffered an impaired ability to earn money, the suit states.

Laday is seeking an unspecified judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court and unspecified exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest interest rate, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

She will be represented by Brian D. Sutton, Joseph N. Jannise Jr. and Stephanie H. Harris of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E184-233.

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