BEAUMONT – A Port Arthur patient is suing a Jefferson County doctor, alleging over-prescribing an anti-psychotic drug that left the plaintiff with a permanent condition, requiring her to wear a neck brace.
Yannequay Y. Graham filed a lawsuit Feb. 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Dr. Raees Ahmed, alleging gross negligence.
According to the lawsuit, Ahmed prescribed Seroquel, a drug that treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, at a dose of 400 milligrams per day for a prolonged period of time. The suit says Ahmed did not provide proper monitoring for side effects, which led to Graham being rushed to a hospital emergency room March 23, 2014.
The lawsuit states the plaintiff was diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia, a permanent condition that causes involuntary movements of the head, face and neck.
According to the suit, there is no cure, and Graham is unable to hold her help up straight without a neck brace. She says she has sustained past and future medical expenses and lost wages
Graham seeks a jury trial and monetary relief between $200,000 and $1 million, plus court costs. She is represented by attorneys Maria Wormington, David Benford and Edwin P. Krieger of Wormington & Bollinger in McKinley.
Jefferson County District Court Case number E-198122