Each day, thousands of Massachusetts residents seek medical attention, either at clinics, hospitals, pharmacies or as a part of in-patient treatment. Although we hope that we can count on doctors and other health care professionals to deliver the best care and treatment available, mistakes do happen. In fact, each year across the United States, about 225,000 people are killed because of medical malpractice. Many of these deaths could have been avoided with better training, experience and attention.
Michael David Howard has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Doctor Kathleen Williams, the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and the Jeffcare-Weft Jefferson. According to his lawsuit, he visited the Jeffcare-Weft Jefferson in Marrero, Louisiana complaining of pain and discomfort in his foot. He told the clinic that he was a diabetic, which normally would have raised a red flag. Nonetheless, his treating physician, Dr. Williams, sent him home with nothing more than a recommendation that he visit a wound doctor.
Days after visiting the Jeffcare-Weft Jefferson, Howard’s foot was still bothering him. He visited the emergency department of the Ochsner Medical Center West Bank. Alarmingly, the emergency room doctor notified Howard that they would need to remove his leg below the knee in order to save his life. Just days later, in January of 2014, Howard’s leg was amputated. According to Howard’s lawsuit, doctors told him that if Dr. Williams had discovered the problem during his visit earlier in the week, he may not have needed an amputation.
Howard is represented by Attorney Brent P. Frederick. He is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
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