Doc accused of misplacing catheter non-suited

David Yates Jul. 11, 2012, 10:28am

Bridget Fontenot has non-suited Dr. Lee Haak from her complaint, which alleged he "misplaced the venous catheter" during her stay at a local hospital.

As previously reported, the suit was filed Feb. 14, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court.

On April 17 Fontenot filed a motion for non-suit with prejudice, stating she no longer wished to pursue her claims against Dr. Haak.

Court records show Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, granted the motion the following day.

The suit claimed 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.

An expert report argued that Dr. Haak should have asked for assistance, since it was his first time performing the procedure.

The suit alleged the misplaced catheter contributed to Fontenot's pneumonia.

Fontenot was 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.

Case No. B189-361

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