Gangrenous toe ends in leg amputation, malpractice claim alleges

David Yates Feb. 10, 2011, 7:14am

Area resident William Riley had filed a medical malpractice suit against Podiatry Associates of Southeast Texas and two of its physicians, claiming the gangrene in his toe was not treated in time, making a below-the-knee amputation necessary.

Riley filed the suit Feb. 3 in Jefferson County District Court. Dr. Debra Lusk and Dr. Neil Burrell are also named as defendants.

Court records show that on May 12, 2009, Riley was treated by Lusk, who noted soreness in his second toe and early gangrene. Although Riley suffered from diabetes, renal disease and peripheral vascular disease, "little to no care was provided at that time."

On May 21, 2009, Lusk amputated the toe. A week later, an infection had set in and Riley was forced to undergo a below-the-knee amputation, the suit states.

In his suit, Riley alleges the defendants breached the standard of care with respect to his treatment and negligently failed to act in time.

He is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Craig Lewis represents him.

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

Case No. E189-308

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