Med-mal claims Christus nurses caused man's brain damage

David Yates May 11, 2011, 10:36am

A lawsuit alleging a man's brain damage resulted from nurses administrating "incorrect medications" was filed against Christus Health Southeast Texas.

James Daigle and his wife, Rebecca, filed the suit May 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Feb. 22, 2009, James Daigle was admitted to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and treated for congestive heart failure.

During his stay, he underwent a hypotensive episode that lasted "an excessive amount of time" because nurses administered "incorrect medications" and failed to intervene until 9 hours elapsed, the suit states.

The episode resulted in permanent brain damage caused by hypoxia, the suit states.

The suit continues by alleging Christus nurses fell below the standard of care in their treatment of Daigle.

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

His wife, Rebecca, is representing him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A189-950

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