Patient Sues Doctor Over Allegedly Misplacing Catheter

Patient Sues Doctor Over Allegedly Misplacing CatheterA Texas woman who sought hospital care in 2009 has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who treated her, claiming that he botched a catheter insertion.

Bridget Fontenot holds Dr. Lee Haak responsible for the pain she allegedly suffered during her care at the Memorial Herman Baptist Beaumont Hospital, the Southeast Texas Record reports. Three days after her admission to the facility, Haak inserted a central venous catheter, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit. When the plaintiff told her doctor she was feeling sick, she was allegedly told that this was normal.

The lawsuit states that the case will demonstrate that Haak was negligent in his treatment and botched the insertion of the catheter, according to the news source. Fontenot is represented by a medical malpractice attorney, and seeks damages for medical expenses, lost wages, disfigurement, impairment and pain and suffering.

According to WebMD, a central venous catheter is a long, flexible tube that is inserted into a large vein in the chest or arm and threaded through the vein until the device reaches a larger vein near the heart. Nutrients, medicines, fluids or blood products are then passed through the tube and into the patient's circulatory system.