NEW ORLEANS – The man’s family is accusing the doctor of medical malpractice.
Marilyn Tank Heindel, Patricia Heindel and Michelle Heindel Brown filed suit against Dr. George B. Singletary Jr. and General Medicine PC Inc. in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 8.
The deceased, Roy Heindel, was admitted to the hospital for complaints encompassing diabetes mellitus type II peripheral vascular disease and diabetic neuropathy. The suit states he was diagnosed with chronic lower extremity cellulitis and transfered to Bell Vie Living Center and Dr. Singletary’s care.
According to the suit, Heindel then developed heel ulcerations and eventually developed left upper foot and left heel wounds. These wounds caused him to undergo amputation, allegedly as a result of substandard care from the doctor. Roy Heindel died on Nov. 3, 2012.
The defendant is accused of deviating from acceptable standard of care of a physician, of mismanaging the care of Roy Heindel, failing to properly examine and provide subsequent documentation of Roy Heindel’s left foot ulcers, failing to properly assess Roy Heindel’s left foot neurovascular status, of failing to take the proper prophylactic measures to prevent the progression of left foot discoloration and ulcers and of failing to provide and properly assess neurovascular checks.
An unspecified amount of damages is sought for the pre-death pain and suffering of Roy Heindel, medical expenses associated with left foot treatment and amputation, funeral expenses and loss of society, consortium and services.
The family is represented by T. Carey Wicker III and J. Alex Watkins of Capitelli & Wicker.
The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.
Case No. 2013-00197