Doctor's deposition sought in drug allergy case

David Yates Feb. 15, 2011, 9:35am

Plaintiff Laura Laday recently filed a notice to take the deposition of a physician whose testimony may either substantiate or disprove her claim that she was prescribed a drug that doctors knew would cause an allergic reaction.

As previously reported, in June 2009 Laday filed her suit, in which she says she went to the Fannett Medical Center on May 23, 2007, for lower back pain, swelling of her feet and body aches.

Defendants Dr. John Arthur Trinh and Dr. Rogelio D. Mendoza, who prescribed Bactrim D.S., a sulfa drug, treated her.

Laday had a "well-documented" allergy to sulfa drugs, the suit claims.

On Jan. 20 the plaintiff filed a cross-notice of intention to take the deposition of Keith Miller. A date for the slated video deposition was not included in the notice.

As a result of the prescription, 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 is suing for exemplary damages.

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

The defendants are represented by Stafford attorney James Edwards.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. E184-233

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