Earl K. Long Medical Center sued by patient over alleged perforated colon

Catherine Melancon Oct. 26, 2012, 5:27am

Earl K. Long Medical Center

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man is filing suit against a medical center after he was allegedly injured due to a routine surgery.

Terrence Ralph Cotten filed suit against Earl K. Long Medical Center in the 19th Judicial Court on Oct. 12.

Cotten claims he received a colonoscopy on Aug. 6, 2010 from Dr. Bradley Kimbrough, who was an employee of Earl K. Long. The plaintiff asserts that during his routine colonoscopy numerous attempts were made with the probe resulting in maceration and laceration of the colon, resulting in a perforated colon.

Cotten claims he spent six days in Earl K. Long Medical Center where his condition went unseen. He was released, and the next day, he went to Baton Rouge General Medical Center, where approximately six to eight inches of colon were removed due to the macerated section of his colon.

The defendant is accused of failing to treat and observe Cotten properly, failing to perform the necessary tests which could have allowed diagnosis of plaintiff's colon condition, failing to render preventative treatment for plaintiff's condition and failing to adequately assess and treat the plaintiff's medical condition.

The plaintiff asserts he had to undergo three additional surgeries at Baton Rouge General Medical Center because of the care he received at Earl K. Long.

Damages exceeding $50,000 are sought for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and pain, medical expenses, loss of wages and loss of enjoyment of life.

Cotten is represented by Donald G. Cave of Baton Rouge-based Cave Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge R. Michael Caldwell.

Case no. 616174.

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