Med-mal over septic patient’s death slated for October trial

David Yates Apr. 11, 2013, 2:51pm

An October trial has been slated in a medical malpractice lawsuit over a septic patient’s death. 

As previously reported, Cindy Vanwinkle, representing the estate of Dusty Lanford, filed the suit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and Dr. Samara Moore on April 15, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging medical staff allowed Lanford, a patient with sepsis, to die.

Court records show Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, signed off on an agreed docket control order on Feb. 19, slating the litigation for trial in October 2013.

The suit states that on Nov. 23, 2009, Lanford, 21 at the time of the incident, was admitted to St. Elizabeth with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

“However, due to defendants’ negligence, Lanford was left untreated … and suffered an untimely death on Nov. 24, 2009,” the suit states.

The suit alleges the defendants fell below the standard of care in their treatment and failed to provide the patient with the appropriate treatment.

Beaumont attorney John Werner of the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm represents the plaintiffs.

Houston attorney Edward Kroger of Kroger Burrus represents Christus.

Case No. A189-799

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