HOUSTON – A Harris County couple is seeking more than $50,000 from a hospital over allegations care the wife received caused a stroke and an amputation.
Rita Farias and Richard Farias filed a complaint on Dec. 18 in the Harris County District Court against North Cypress Medical Center, et al. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Feb. 5, 2018, Rita Farias presented to North Cypress Medical Center complaining of shortness of breath and cough with associated chest pain. The suit states she was eventually moved to the intensive care unit and placed under sedation. The suit states she was under sedation for four days and when doctors ordered the sedation medication turned off, she did not wake up. The plaintiffs allege she should have been taken off of the sedation medication daily and because she was not, she suffered a stroke and needed a below-the-knee amputation because of a blood clot.
The suit states Rita Farias is now wheelchair-bound and non-verbal. Her husband, Richard Farias, alleges he has suffered a loss of consortium.
The plaintiffs hold North Cypress Medical Center responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to appropriately diagnose and treat Rita Farias.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek monetary relief of more than $50,000. They are represented by Jack E. McGehee, H.C. Chang, Benjamin T. Landgraf and Benjamin C. Feiler of McGehee Chang Landgraf in Houston.
Harris County District Court case number 2018-89566