Med-mal alleges doc 'misplaced' venous catheter

David Yates Feb. 16, 2011, 5:42am

Alleging the treating doctor "misplaced the venous catheter" during her stay at a local hospital, Bridget Fontenot has filed suit against Beaumont physician Dr. Lee Haak.

According to the petition, filed Feb. 14 in Jefferson County District Court, Fontenot was admitted to Memorial Herman Baptist Beaumont Hospital on May 27, 2009.

Three days later, Dr. Haak inserted a central venous catheter, also known as a central line. Fontenot complained of feeling sick but was told that was normal, the suit states.

"When this case is tried the evidence will show Dr. Haak misplaced the venous catheter ... and was negligent in his treatment," the suit states, adding that he also breached the standard of care.

The suit does not state why Fontenot was admitted or how the misplaced catheter injured her other than feeling sick.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Craig Lewis represents Fontenot.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-361

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