An area physician named as a defendant in a medical malpractice claim was recently dismissed from the suit.

As previously reported, Hope Adkins, representing the estate of Brandon Adkins, filed suit against Baptist Hospital and treating physician Dr. Nathaniel Alford on Aug. 5, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the suit, Brandon Adkins sought treatment for his streptococcal infection and necrotizing fasciitis on April 24, 2009. He died from toxic shock one day after being admitted to Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

Court records show that on Jan. 17 the plaintiffs filed a motion to dismiss, stating that they no longer wished to pursue their claims against Dr. Alford.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, granted the motion on Jan. 15, dismissing the doctor with prejudice, court papers say.

The suit alleges the defendants delayed their treatment of Brandon.

"Defendants were proximate causes of the defeat of ... Adkins," the suit states, adding that the defendants negligently delayed treatment and failed to consult an infectious disease specialist.

Adkins' family is suing for survival damages and loss of inheritance.

Jasper attorney Blair Bisbey of the Seale, Stover & Bisbey law firm, represents the plaintiffs.

Case No. A187-481

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