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Patient alleges group of medical professionals' negligence nearly cost her ability to speak


By Carrie Bradon | Sep 17, 2019

HOUSTON — A Houston woman is suing a group of medical professionals, alleging negligence caused her to nearly lose the ability to speak.

Latasha Jackson filed a complaint Aug. 22 in Harris County District Court against Kelsey Seybold Medical Group PLLC, doing business as Kelsey Seybold Clinic, CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group, Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke's Health System Corporation, U.S. Anesthesia Partners of Texas PA, Dr. Etan Weinstock, Dr. Chad Pedley and nurse Wendy Vences, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Jackson underwent a total thyroidectomy at CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center in Houston on Sept. 7, 2017. The defendants allegedly failed to properly identify and protect Jackson's recurrent laryngeal nerve during the procedure and, as a result of their negligence, injured it. 

The plaintiff alleges she has sustained extreme damages to her voice and she has had to attend speech therapy. Even with therapy classes, the plaintiff alleges, she can only speak in a whisper. The plaintiff also says she has experienced difficulty swallowing, speaking and consuming solid foods and has to have treatments for the nerve damage she suffered.

 As medical professionals, the lawsuit states, the defendants were obligated to exercise an appropriate level of care that would have prevented such a catastrophic error.

Jackson seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, interest, attorney fees, court costs and all just relief. She  is represented by attorneys Robert S. Kwok and J. Ryan Loya of Kwok Daniel LTD LLP in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-58830

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