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Med-mal defendants non-suited from complaint over botched foot surgery

By David Yates | Apr 2, 2012


Defendants in a medical-malpractice complaint alleging screws were improperly placed during a woman's foot surgery have been non-suited.

As previously reported, Debrah Williams filed suit against Dr. Richard Schleiffer and Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port Arthur on Dec. 16 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that Williams filed a notice of non-suit without prejudice on Feb. 2, stating that she longer wished to prosecute her claims against the defendants.

The suit states that on Dec. 18, 2009, Williams had foot surgery at St. Mary Hospital. However, no specific details about the surgery or Williams' alleged injuries are given.

Dr. Schleiffer was accused of negligently failing to protect the nerves in or near the surgical site, performing an unnecessary surgery and of improper screw placement.

Christus was accused of failing to protect the foot from surgical damage.

Williams was suing for exemplary damages, plus her alleged mental anguish, medical expenses and impairment.

Houston attorney Todd Kelly represents her.

Houston attorneys Deanna Lovett and Caroline Clinton of Ryan & Dawson represent the defendants.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B191-485

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