Doctor sued after a man sustains burns in operation preparation

Annie Cosby Jan. 13, 2014, 3:28pm

A man is suing after sustaining injury in preparation for an operation.

Danny Ray Roberts and Denise Roberts filed a lawsuit Dec. 27, in the Jefferson County District Court against Dr. J. Denton Harris IV and Southeast Texas Urology Associates LLP, citing medical negligence. 

According to the complaint, in October 2011, Danny was diagnosed with warts on his body and Dr. Harris, a partner of Southeast Texas Urology Associates LLP, recommended the warts be removed. The lawsuit states on Oct. 19, 2011, at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, the nurses responsible for preparation rubbed the wrong concentration of acetic acid on the patient's body, causing severe burns.

The plaintiff says Dr. Harris arrived then helped the nurses remove the acid by diluting it with water, which caused more burns on other parts of the patient's body.

Dr. Harris is accused of medical negligence for failing to provide the nurses with a "preference card" with clear instructions and for being absent during commencement of the preparations. Southeast Texas Urology is accused of medical negligence and vicarious liability. A lawsuit has already been filed against Christus Hospital.

The Roberts are seeking more than $1 million in damages.

They are being represented in the case by attorneys Gregory K. Evans and Jim Sharon Bearden.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. B195-087

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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