GRETNA – A physicians assistant is being sued by a patient who claims her back treatment resulted in further injury that may require surgery.

Paula Miller filed suit against Westbank Physicians Rehab, Physicians Assistant Rhonda Mayberry and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on Jan. 13.

Miller asserts that on May 10, 2014 she was injured in an incident for which Mayberry later diagnosed her with having a protruding disc in her back that required medical treatment. The plaintiff claims that in September 2014 Mayberry started pushing on the area of her back where the disc was protruding in an attempt to realign her back, something Miller says was extremely painful but was reassured the pain was normal. However, Miller alleges that due to Mayberry’s treatment she has had to undergo additional medical treament, may have to undergo surgery and is more injured than when she began treatment by Mayberry.

The defendant is accused of medical malpractice.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, medical treatments, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anxiety, depression and loss of ability to function on a daily basis.

Miller is represented by J. Michael Daly of Metairie-based Walker Daly LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.

Case no. 745-771.

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