A med-mal claim brought by a Port Neches woman claiming she was assaulted by a Port Arthur doctor during an examination settled before trial.

Angela Creel filed a lawsuit Jan. 14, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court against Dr. Pradip J. Morbia and Gulf Coast Cardiology Group.

The case was set to go to trial July 20 but settled before a jury could be selected, according to a courthouse official.

According to the original petition, Creel says she sought medical care from Morbia on Feb. 11, 2009, when, during the course of an exam, Morbia assaulted Creel.

Because of the assault, Creel suffered physical, emotional and mental pain, suffering and anguish; incurred medical costs; and has been impaired from earning an income, according to the complaint.

In addition, the unspecified medical condition for which she was seeking care has greatly deteriorated, the suit states.

In her complaint, Creel blames Morbia and Gulf Coast Cardiology Group for a number of negligent acts, including:

- Failure to render and provide reasonable medical care;

- Failure to conform to the standard of reasonable medical care;

- Failure to exercise the required degree of skill required by a medical practitioner;

- Failure to properly diagnose and treat Creel's condition; and

- Failure to prescribe the appropriate tests to treat Creel's medical condition.

Brian D. Sutton of Beaumont represents Creel.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is presiding.

Case No. D185-711

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