Patient alleges medical team's negligence caused loss of limb

By Carrie Bradon | May 21, 2019

MARSHALL — An Arkansas man is suing a Longview medical team, alleging he lost a a limb due to their negligence.

Gary Bass of Polk County, Arkansas, filed a complaint May 15 in the Marshall Division for the Eastern District of Texas against Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center, Dr. Shahab Akvan, Dr. Rodney B. Slone Dr. Jonathan Greifenkamp, Dr. John Colquitt and Dr. O.J. Chastain, alleging medical negligence, 

According to the complaint, Bass was admitted to the Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center on April 4, 2018, with a myocardial infarction. The suit says Greifenkamp admitted Bass for a heart catheterization, as well as a number of other procedures. 

During the workup, the suit alleges, Bass had a angiogram of his right femoral artery with an intra-aortic balloon pump and the defendants had a duty to monitor that the balloon was properly placed. The plaintiff says he suffered absent pulses in his right leg April 6, 2018 as the balloon had cut off circulation. 

The plaintiff's tissue in his right leg "died" due to lack of oxygen and blood flow, the suit alleges, and Bass had to have his right leg amputated, leading to medical expenses, mental anguish and physical impairment.

Bass seeks trial by jury, actual damages, interest, court costs, other relief deemed fit. He is represented by attorneys Blake C. Erskine and Chad F. Newman of Erskine & McMahone LLP in Longview, Rockne W. Onstad of The Onstad Law Firm in Austin, and by Blake C. Erskine Jr., Mark B. Blackburn of Erskine & Blackburn LLP in Austin.

Marshall Division for the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:19-CV-00177

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