David Yates Jun. 6, 2016, 4:16pm


A Jefferson County jury has cleared the Medical Center of Southeast Texas of any negligence following a medical malpractice trial.

Alleging his sciatic nerve was injured during an injection more than two years ago, Lonnie Rodgers Sr. has filed suit against the Medical Center and nurse Dennis Griffiths on Dec. 21, 2012 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 29, 2010, Rodgers went to the medical center’s emergency room, where Griffiths injected his right hip with Demerol and Zofran.

“Unfortunately, Griffiths failed to exercise ordinary care and failed to follow the standard of care in injecting the medications and injected one or more nerves, causing immediate pain and continuing disability,” the original petition states, adding the defendant should have known he was injecting at a site where there is an increased risk of injuring the sciatic nerve.

Griffiths was employed be the Medical Center at the time of the incident.

At trial, jurors were asked if the Medical Center’s negligence caused Rodger’s injury, to which the answered “No,” according to the charge of the court, filed May 4.

The plaintiff was asking the jury to award him damages for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and lost wages.

Houston attorney Craig Lewis represents him.

The Medical Center is represented by attorney Curry Cooksey.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. B193-734

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