Doc dismissed from med-mal suit

David Yates Dec. 14, 2011, 5:29am

An area physician was recently non-suited from a medical malpractice complaint.

In January 2009, the Southeast Texas Record reported that Hazel Adams and her step-daughter Glynis Haggerty, on behalf of the late Joseph Adams, filed suit against two local doctors, alleging the physicians' negligence led to his death.

On Aug. 4, defendant Dr. Marsha Thigpen moved for summary judgment after learning that Haggerty died on July 7, court records show.

Although no ruling is on file, Adams submitted a motion for non-suit on Oct. 27, stating that she no longer wished to pursue her claims against Dr. Thigpen.

On Nov. 1 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion, dismissing Dr. Thigpen with prejudice, court records show.

The suit claimed Joseph Adams died in April 2007 because Drs. Margaret Lang-Williams and Thigpen failed to properly treat his significant blood loss.

Court records show Joseph Adams, 63, was admitted to Promise Specialty Hospital of Southeast Texas in Nederland on March 29, 2007, with a history of end-stage renal disease and renal cell carcinoma.

He also had a status post nephrectomy, a history of tracheal stenosis with chronic repiratory failure, a history of valvular heart disease with subacute bacterial endocarditis, aortic stenosis, congestive heart failure and a history of dementia, the suit states.

The suit's other defendant, Dr. Lan-Williams, was non-suited on July 27, court records show.

Attorney Marc Calvert of the Houston law firm Calvert & Associates represented Dr. Thigpen.

Richmond attorney Leland Irwin represented the plaintiffs.

Case No. A182-977

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