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Doc dismissed a month after med-mal claim brought

By David Yates | Jan 13, 2015

A doctor named as a defendant in a suit alleging a faulty medical device caused a woman’s death was dismissed a month after the lawsuit was brought, court records show.

Citing wrongful death, April Blanchard, as representative of Sharon Peltier’s estate, filed a lawsuit March 26 in the Jefferson County District Court against Dr. Jerome Schrapps.

A month later, on April 17, plaintiff April Blanchard, as representative of Sharon Peltier’s state, filed a motion for non-suit without prejudice, stating that the plaintiffs in the cause no longer wanted to prosecute their cause of action against Schrapps.

Blanchard and her two sisters, who were also plaintiffs in the suit, have intervened in a cause of action brought by Richard Peltier, Sharon’s husband, court records show.

Two weeks before Blanchard had brought her claim, Richard Peltier had flied suit against Schrapps and Covidien LP.

According to Richard Peltier’s complaint, on March 26, 2012, Peltier’s wife Sharon Peltier, underwent an open sleeve gastrectomy by Dr. Schrapps at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth using a stapling device designed and sold by Covidien.

Richard Peltier says the next day Sharon Peltier experienced pain and it was found the staple line had separated, which he alleges resulted in her death on April 5, 2012.

Richard Peltier is seeking damages within the jurisdictional limits of the court, and is being represented in the case by attorney B. Adam Terrell of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell LLP in Beaumont.

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