Deposition of doc interferes with lawyer's vacation time, motion to quash filed

David Yates May 10, 2012, 7:00am


Because the deposition of a doctor would interfere with a lawyer's vacation, a motion to quash was filed in a suit claiming a man died after the doctor failed to take appropriate measures following surgery.

Linda Lowe, Amanda Lowe, Melissa Lowe and Laura Singletary filed a lawsuit June 27 in Jefferson County District Court against Christus Health Southeast Texas, doing business as Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, and Dr. Steven K. Sooudi.

A motion to quash Dr. Sooudi's deposition, brought by Christus, was filed May 7, court records show.

The motion states that the plaintiffs "unilaterally noticed the deposition" for June 12.

"Defendant (Christus) would show that the date is unworkable," the motion states. "Counsel of record for defendant has duly filed vacation letter which spans this date."

Christus is represented by Orgain Bell & Tucker attorney Curry Cooksey.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim their husband and father, Arthur Lowe, was admitted to Christus St. Elizabeth on June 27, 2009, with complaints of recurrent chest pains.

However, during surgery, doctors discovered Arthur Lowe's artery walls had separated and stopped the anticoagulant, the complaint says.

On July 1, 2009, Arthur Lowe's hemoglobin and hematocrit levels had fallen very low and his heart rate continued to increase, the complaint says. Transfusions did little to stop Arthur Lowe's hypotensive, tachycardic and anemic state, the plaintiffs claim.

According to the complaint, Arthur Lowe died at 9 p.m., July 1, 2009.

The plaintiffs seek a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Clay Dugas and Mike Jacobellis of Beaumont represent them.

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

Case No. A190-411

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