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Doctor and Medical Center Sued in Malpractice Case

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jan 27 2011 at 5:07 PM
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A Couple is suing a Metairie plastic surgeon in a medical malpractice lawsuit for performing a birthmark surgical procedure on a four-year old child that allegedly resulted in severe disfigurement.

William Hoffman and Brandi Hoffman, individually and on behalf of their minor child, have filed a complaint against Dr. John T. Lindsey and Houma Outpatient Surgery Center on 14th January in New Orleans federal court.

According to the complaint, Dr. Lindsey carried out a nevus sebaceous (birthmark) surgical excision procedure on the child’s chin and neck on 30th January, 2008. The plaintiffs allege that the procedure resulted in a severe skin contracture of the of the child’s lip, chin and neck. The child’s lip was pulled down by the contracture, causing an incomplete lip competence and a tethering of the midline of the neck, preventing full neck extension, the complaint states.

The couple argues that Dr. Lindsey failed to abide by the conventional standards of medical care, and to provide proper care, to obtain appropriate informed consent, and to sufficiently explain potential risks and adverse effects of the procedure. The defendant is being sued for negligent performance and insufficient training or experience. The complaint says that Dr. Lindsey should have known that the procedure would cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.

The plaintiffs are suing Houma Outpatient Surgery Center as well. According to their complaint, the center failed to provide a safe environment, to properly check and provide essential care, to exercise the required amount of care toward the child taking her physical condition into consideration, and to have right medical personnel or medical equipment.

William Hoffman and Brandi Hoffman are seeking damages in excess of $750,000 for medical costs, mental anguish, physical pain, suffering, disability, loss of pleasure, permanent scarring and disfigurement, in addition to interest and court costs at legal rate.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey will preside over the case.

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