A patient suffering from diabetes that needed to have his leg amputated has filed a malpractice lawsuit against a doctor alleging that the physician could have saved his leg.
Michael David Howard has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Kathleen Williams, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and Jeffcare-Weft Jefferson in the 24th Judicial District Court.
Howard went to the Jeffcare-Weft Jefferson on January 2014complaining of pain and discomfort in his foot. Howard claims that he notified the defendants he was a diabetic, but that Williams told him the foot pain was insignificant and only required a follow up appointment with a wound care physician.
A few days later, Howard went to the emergency department at Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank who informed him that they would have to amputate his leg below the knee.
Howard underwent the surgery to amputate his leg on January 22, 2014. It was then that he was informed that if Williams had discovered the problem, he may not have needed to have his leg amputated.
Howard is accusing the defendants of medical malpractice.
Howard is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, mental anguish, grief, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
When it comes to healthcare, sometimes patients experience complications. Sometimes the complications could be prevented. As in the case of Michael Howard, such mistakes can end up being catastrophic and can forever alter the lives of the patient and their families,
Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is an area of the law that requires competent and experienced legal representation that can best serve clients in their time of need. At Bottar Leone, we handle all types of medical malpractice cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice or medical negligence, contact the law offices of Bottar Leone, PLLC. You are guaranteed rights under the law and may be able to receive compensation for medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. We are here to help.