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Son alleges health system's negligence caused mother's death


By Carrie Bradon | Jun 19, 2019

HOUSTON — A Humble man is suing a health system, alleging the defendant's negligence led to the death of his mother.

James R. McMullan, individually and on behalf of the estate of Melda J. McMullan, deceased, filed a complaint June 17 in Harris County District Court against Memorial Hermann Health System, doing business as Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, alleging negligence and gross negligence

According to the complaint, Melda McMullan, 85, was at Memorial Hermann Northeast on Jan. 28, 2018, to be treated for a urinary tract infection. The suit says McMullan had to use the bathroom Feb. 1, 2018, but was dropped to the ground by the nurse who was assisting her. 

The suit alleges McMullan was caused to twist her left ankle, which exposed her bone and cut off her circulation. The lawsuit states McMullan had to have surgery for her ankle and was discharged to Fall Creek on Feb. 14, 2018, to continue rehabilitation. The bedbound plaintiff's health continued to decline until she died Aug. 3, 2018, the suit says.

The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to administer proper nursing care and treatment and failed to prevent Melda McMullan from falling

James McMullan seeks trial by jury, interest, court costs and all just relief. He is represented by attorneys Beth S. Janicek and Jessica Rodriguez of Janicek Law Firm PC in San Antonio.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-41491

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