Woman says doctor allowed injection of too much anesthetic

Kelly Holleran Aug. 14, 2014, 4:09pm

A woman claims she has failed to fully recover from a spinal procedure she had more than two years ago.

Lisa A. Danforth filed a lawsuit July 29 in the Galveston County District Court against Dr. Octavio Calvillo. 

In her complaint, Danforth says she sought treatment from Dr. Calvillo for her chronic neck and back pain in July of 2012. Calvillo performed anesthetic and steroid injections to her cervical spine, according to the complaint.

During the procedure, Danforth alleges Dr. Calvillo negligently caused or allowed the plaintiff to be sedated to the point of unconsciousness, in violation to the applicable standard of care. Because she was so sedated, Danforth, could not respond when the needle touched the bones instead of the appropriate area. According to the suit, the bone was hit twice during the procedure, and a nerve was hit as well.

When Danforth woke following the operation, she felt severe pain across her torso, the complaint says. She also claims she suffered paralysis from her hip down to her toes on the right side of her body.

One week later, Danforth discovered a lesion had developed on the bone where it had been poked on the right side of the cervical section of her spine, according to the complaint. After two years of treatment, Danforth still has not fully recovered, the suit states.

Because of the incident, Danforth suffered physical pain, emotional and mental pain and anguish, lost earnings, incurred medical costs and suffered physical impairment, according to the complaint.

Danforth seeks actual and exemplary damages, incidental and consequential damages, pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest legal rate and other relief the court deems just.

She will be appearing pro se.

Galveston County District Court case number 14-cv-797

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

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