Woman alleges local doctor assaulted her during exam

Kelly Holleran Jan. 19, 2010, 5:54am

A Port Neches woman claims she was assaulted by a Port Arthur doctor during an examination.

Angela Creel filed a lawsuit Jan. 14 in Jefferson County District Court against Dr. Pradip J. Morbia and Gulf Coast Cardiology Group.

Creel says she sought medical care from Morbia on Feb. 11 when, during the course of an exam, Morbia assaulted Creel.

Because of the assault, Creel suffered physical, emotional and mental pain, suffering and anguish; incurred medical costs; and has been impaired from earning an income, according to the complaint. In addition, the unspecified medical condition for which she was seeking care has greatly deteriorated, the suit states.

In her complaint, Creel blames Morbia and Gulf Coast Cardiology Group for a number of negligent acts, including:

  • Failure to render and provide reasonable medical care;
  • Failure to conform to the standard of reasonable medical care;
  • Failure to exercise the required degree of skill required by a medical practitioner;
  • Failure to properly diagnose and treat Creel's condition; and
  • Failure to prescribe the appropriate tests to treat Creel's medical condition.

    Creel seeks a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of the court and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

    Brian D. Sutton, Joseph N. Jannise Jr. and Stephanie H. Harris of Sutton and Jacobs in Beaumont will be representing her.

    The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

    Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-711.

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