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Family member alleges loved one died to a medical team's negligence


By Carrie Bradon | Sep 9, 2019

HOUSTON — A New Orleans woman is suing a Harris County medical team, alleging her loved one died due to negligence.

Alicia Gaten, individually and as representative of the estate of Yolanda Gaten, filed a complaint Aug. 20 in Harris County District Court against Dr. Nida Ali, Assumpta IWE NP, SSC Houston Southwest Operating Company LLC, doing business as Westchase Health and Rehabilitation Center, Trumen Physicians and Associates PLLC and Collaborative Geriatrics Inc., alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, Yolada Gaten, 62, had a history of atrial airbrillation, artery occlusion and hypertension, as well as paranoid schizophrenia and other health complications. The suit says she was a resident of Westchase from Sept. 28, 2017, until Jan. 27, 2018, and was on Wayfarin for medication and management of her clotting and stroke risk. 

The lawsuit states the defendants diagnosed the plaintiff with foot wounds, and on Nov. 13, 2017, Gaten was ordered to wear boots while in bed. The plaintiff had antibiotics initiated Nov. 24, 2017.  

The plaintiff allegedly had a severe change in her mental state Jan. 27, 2018, and had to be transferred to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The suit alleges Gaten had an MRI and it showed multiple bilateral strokes, which were caused by respiratory symptoms. The plaintiff was intubated for 11 days, the lawsuit states, and died Feb. 10, 2018, due to the defendants' negligence to properly diagnose and treat the plaintiff in a timely manner. Gaten was caused undue suffering due to the defendants' negligence, the suit states.

Alica Gaten seeks between $200,000 and $1 million, trial by jury, attorney fees, court costs and all just relief. She is represented by attorney Steven R. Davis of Davis & Davis in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-57990

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