Homeless woman sues hospital, doctor after leg amputated allegedly due to post-surgical complication

By Louisiana Record reports | Feb 19, 2015

GRETNA – A local hospital and doctor are being sued by a homeless patient who claims she received poor treatment when she was in the hospital for a severely broken leg she received in a car accident that ultimately resulted in the leg being amputated.

Sheryl Womack filed suit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Deryk Jones M.D. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 19, 2014.

Womack contends that on Nov. 17, 2010 she was treated at an Ochsner emergency room after being involved in a traumatic accident in which her right leg was severely fractured. The plaintiff asserts that due to her injuries she had to undergo a surgery conducted by Jones that included the implantation of screws and plates to stabilize the bone. Womack claims that she was discharged from the hospital with instructions not to bear weight on her damaged leg for six weeks, and due to the fact she was homeless Ochsner paid for a taxi to send her to stay with a relative in Shreveport.

In a checkup following the surgery the plaintiff alleges the plates and screws in her leg were found to be very loose and the fractured bone was not properly fusing and she ended up contracting a deep wound infection in the leg that required several follow-up surgeries and ultimately resulted in the leg being amputated.

The defendant is accused of medical malpractice and improperly installing hardware in her leg.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, scarring, disfigurement, emotional distress, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Womack is represented by attorney M. Suzanne Montero of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 745-277.

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