Ochsner Clinic sued over alleged delay of emergency C-section

Tia Benton Dec. 14, 2012, 3:57am

NEW ORLEANS – Parents, individually and on behalf of their minor child, are suing a local Ochsner clinic and an obstetrics doctor for alleged damages following a series of events delaying the emergency C-section of their child.

Victor Dixon and Kyeesha Price, individually and as natural parents and tutors of their minor child, Jazmine Dixon, filed a lawsuit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Washington Bryan, M.D. in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Sept. 18.

The plaintiffs claim that after experiencing several complications relative to her pregnancy she sought immediate medical attention at the defendants West Bank clinic. In the lawsuit Price alleges several instances of elapsed time in documentation of notable occurrences relative to the fetus's health as well as the elapse in time after the need for emergency C-section was discovered until it was performed.

The defendant is accused of negligence, failure to properly monitor the patient, failure to properly interpret the fetal monitoring strips and other clinical evidence concerning the mother and fetus, failure to follow the standard of care requiring prompt notification of crisis to obstetrician and failure to promptly arrive and performing an abrupt C-section on the patient.

An unspecified amount is sough for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life due to the failure to promptly diagnose and treat Price's placental abruption.

New Orleans-based attorney David A. Bowling is the attorney for the plaintiff.

This case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case no. 2012-08875.

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