Patient sues health care providers over spine procedure

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 3, 2017

A patient is suing Dr. George Al Shamy and other health care providers, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries during a spine procedure.

HOUSTON — A patient is suing Dr. George Al Shamy and other health care providers, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries during a spine procedure.

Michelle Allen Tohill of Conroe filed a complaint on Feb. 28, in the Harris County District Court against the defendants alleging that they breached the applicable standards of medical care required for her treatment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants placed a halo device on her head on Dec. 17, 2014, and subsequently tightened it, which caused protrusion into her brain. On Feb. 14, 2015, she was taken to a hospital for headache and difficulty speaking. The CAT scan showed pneumocephalus, and she was transferred to emergency for repair of a spinal fluid leak.

She has suffered severe and permanent injuries, loss earnings and additional medical expenses, the complaint said. The plaintiff holds Al Shamy, Memorial Hermann Health Systems, Heather Citro MS PA-C, Opa 1 Ltd. and medical provider William Carlton responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly place the screws to affix the halo to her head, failed to properly evaluate the halo device and failed to timely diagnosed the protrusion of the screws.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of more than $200,000, but not more than $1 million, and such other and further relief she may be entitled. She is represented by Steven Davis and John A. Davis Jr. of Davis & Davis Attorney at Law in Houston.

Harris County District Court Case number 2017-13733

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