Pine Arbor dismissed from suit over woman’s paralysis

David Yates Jun. 20, 2013, 9:53am


SSC Silsbee Operating Co., doing business as Pine Arbor Healthcare, has been dismissed from a suit claiming back surgery left a Hardin County woman paralyzed.

As previously reported, Barbara Fillingim filed suit against Pine Arbor, Dr. Adnan Jafri and Memorial Herman Baptist Beaumont Hospital on July 6, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court. 

Court records show on Feb. 25 the plaintiff filed a motion for non-suit, stating she no longer wished to pursue her claims against Pine Arbor.

On March 7 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, dismissed the company with prejudice.

According to the lawsuit, Fillingim was admitted to Baptist Hospital with thoracic spine compression fractures on May 3, 2009, and discharged 13 days later.

From May 14, 2009, until Aug. 25, 2009, Fillingim received nursing home care from Pine Arbor.

In her suit, Fillingim alleges that the defendants’ treatments caused her paralysis and permanent physical and mental disabilities.

She is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Kenneth Lewis of Bush Lewis represents her.

Houston attorney Marion Kruse Jr. represents Dr. Jafri.

Case No. A190-448

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