Port Arthur resident Hattie Griggie has filed suit against Dr. Joseph Badlissi, claiming he violated the standard of care.

The suit was filed Dec. 29 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show that on Oct. 28, 2008, Griggie was admitted to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, where she was treated by Badlissi.

However, the suit does not state why Griggie was admitted or what treatment Badlissi administered.

The suit only stated that when the case is tried, the evidence will show he violated the standard of care.

No specific act of negligence is listed in the suit.

This is not the first time Badlissi has been named in a lawsuit.

In April 2007, the Southeast Texas Record reported that a Jefferson County jury found that Badlissi did nothing wrong by not ordering restraints on an elderly patient.

In that case, the children of the late Trinidad Dovalina had filed a medical malpractice suit against Badlissi, claiming Dovalina was overmedicated following surgery at Park Place Medical Center in 2002, and on the night of Jan. 10, 2002, fell from her hospital bed, fracturing her hip.

The plaintiffs claimed that Badlissi, one of four doctors who attended to Dovalina or consulted on her treatment, should have placed Dovalina in restraints.

On April 4, 2007, the jury was asked to conclude if the negligence, if any, of Badlissi, gave way to the plaintiff's injury. It took the jurors less than 30 minutes to deliberate and arrive at the unanimous verdict that Badlissi was not negligent.

The current plaintiff, Griggie, is suing for her alleged mental anguish, medical expenses and impairment.

She is represented by Houston attorney Craig Lewis.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A189-043

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