Lack of tests, care focus of med-mal complaint

David Yates Nov. 29, 2010, 3:57am

Georgie Ogden was admitted to Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. She died a month later.

On behalf of Ogden, Robin Ogden and Iris Roubique filed a lawsuit suit against her treating physicians and Southeast Texas Medical Associates on Nov. 22 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming more medical tests and attentive care could have saved her life.

Court papers show Ogden was admitted on April 15, 2009. Her treating physicians included defendants Drs. James Holly and John Vardiman.

She was discharged four days later, even though she was "extremely weak" from undergoing an abdominal procedure, the suit states.

Still experiencing pain, Ogden returned to the hospital on April 20 and had a CT scan performed on her abdomen two days later, court papers say.

"An emergent endoscopy confirmed that unfortunately she was bleeding from an area where an abscess had been discovered," the suit states. "The plaintiffs were told that it was just going to be a matter of time before Mrs. Ogden died."

Ogden was transferred to hospice a week later and died on May 12, 2009, court papers say.

The plaintiffs claims the defendants breached the standard of care and negligently failed to adequately detect and treat her condition.

They are suing for all wrongful death damages allowable under law.

The plaintiffs are represented by Houston attorney Craig Lewis.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B188-847

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