Parties designate expert witnesses in med-mal

David Yates Jul. 18, 2012, 9:00am


Both the plaintiff and the doctor defendant who was sued last January have filed their designation of expert witnesses for a wrongful death medical malpractice case.

Representing Judy Gregory's estate, plaintiff Jill Clausen, along with plaintiffs Sarah and Geoffrey Gregory, filed suit against Dr. Ezea Ede on Jan. 28, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court.

The plaintiffs claim Dr. Ede, the physician who last treated Gregory, failed to properly diagnose her condition.

On April 16 Dr. Ede designated the expert witnesses who will testify about the standard of care administered to Gregory. The list of experts includes:

  • Dr. Lynn Rea;
  • Dr. Peter Tayriainen;
  • Dr. Jack Butler; and
  • Dr. Robert West.

    The plaintiffs' designation of expert witnesses was filed Feb. 15 and includes two of the physicians on Dr. Ede's list:

  • Dr. Jack Butler, an El Paso physician, who will most likely give opinions as to the standard of care given to Gregory; and
  • Dr. Robert West, a San Antonio resident, who will also testify on the standard of care Clausen received.

    According to the lawsuit, on March 16, 2010, Gregory was admitted to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas with complaints of chest pain and treated by Dr. Ede.

    "Despite abnormal EKG readings, Gregory was discharged home with a cursory diagnosis of arthritis, acute bronchitis, chest wall pain and hypokalemia," the suit states.

    "Within nine hours of (being discharged), Gregory was found dead in her home having suffered a fatal dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm."

    The suit continues by alleging Dr. Ede negligently failed to admit Gregory for continuous cardiac monitoring and diagnose her condition, proximately causing her death.

    The plaintiffs are seeking all wrongful and survival damages allowable under law.

    They are represented by attorney Randall Sorrels of the Houston law firm Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend.

    Dr. Ede is represented by Fort Worth attorney John McChristian Jr. of Ray, Valdez, McChristian & Jeans.

    Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

    Case No. E189-256

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