The family of the late Ernest Edwards Jr. have filed suit against two companies and one nurse, alleging they allowed their benefactor to die during dialysis.

Representing Edwards’ estate, Jeanette Edwards filed the suit against Renal Ventures Management, the Medical Center of Southeast Texas and Marian Moore on Nov. 7 in Jefferson County District Court. 

According to the lawsuit, on March 25 through April 4 Edwards, admitted for pneumonia, was a patient at the Medical Center.

On April 4, 2012, the day Edwards was to be discharged, he underwent dialysis at a lab operated by Renal Ventures. Moore had the responsibility of monitoring him.

During the procedure, the dialysis catheter became disconnected and pumped Edward’s blood onto the bed and floor, causing him to undergo cardiopulmonary arrest and die from severe blood loss, the suit states.

The suit accuses the defendants of falling below the standard of care.

The plaintiffs are suing for both punitive and exemplary damages.

Orange attorney David Dies of Dies & Parkhurst LLP represents them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B194-958

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