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Widow asserts orthopedic surgeon failed to perform pre-operation biopsy on late husband

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By John Suayan | Feb 19, 2019

Surgery

HOUSTON – A Louisiana woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit against a local orthopedic surgeon asserts that a pre-operation biopsy could have prevented her late husband’s death.

Recent Harris County District Court records show that Laurie Mueller brought the suit against Dr. Mark R. Brinker on Feb. 15 in the 333rd District Court.

The original petition explains that Christopher Mueller underwent a procedure on his right femur performed by Brinker in early 2017. The physician reportedly assessed “an unspecified acute osteomyelitis” prior to the operation, but did not perform a biopsy.

Court papers insinuate that the surgery and subsequent amputation of the decedent’s right leg at the hip were unnecessary. Christopher Mueller passed away some months after the procedure.

The Fondren Orthopedic Group, LLP, doing business as Fondren Orthopedic Group, joins Brinker as a co-defendant.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by Joshua P. Davis of the Davis Law Group in Houston.

Harris County 333rd District Court Case No. 2019-11792

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