John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 27, 2012, 1:57pm

GALVESTON - Harris County resident David Sabot claims a Friendswood podiatrist misdiagnosed his foot injury and placed him in a cast which caused chest pain, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Galveston County District Court asserts that Dr. Jeffrey J. Baxter is to blame for Sabot testing positive for a pulmonary embolus more than six months ago.

South Texas Foot Specialists joins Baxter as a co-defendant in the case.

Sabot first visited Baxter on Feb. 17 in response to an injury to his left foot.

An X-ray revealed "a radiolucent line through the navicular consistent with fracture" which prompted the physician to issue a diagnosis "of a fracture of the navicular bone and injury to the posterior tibial tendon with tibial tendon dysfunction, tendonitis and edema."

Baxter then applied a cast to the lower swollen extremity.

The suit further shows the plaintiff sought medical attention at the Clear Lake Regional Hospital a week later.

According to Sabot, he tried to contact the defendants in hopes of discussing the "multiple" injuries supposedly attributed to the cast to no avail.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by attorney Spencer G. Markle with Markle Delacruz LLP in Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 12-cv-2090

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