Texas Hospital Attempts to Get Out of Medical Malpractice Suit

Texas Hospital Attempts to Get Out of Medical Malpractice SuitA medical center in Texas is attempting to remove itself from a medical malpractice lawsuit because it claims the case did not present a report from an expert.

The case involves Jim Howard III, who is suing Mainland Medical Center for $1.5 million. According to the Southeast Texas Record, Howard, who was taken to the hospital following a March 2009 car wreck, claims that the hospital staff broke his femur bone.

An earlier report from the news source indicates that Howard claims that initial X-rays don't show a break to the leg bone and that the injury occurred while nurses were attempting to pop his hip back into place.

Mainland Medical Center contends in its motion that Howard missed a required deadline to submit the expert report in his medical malpractice lawsuit.

The motion said that the report was due on February 23 but that no such papers were filed and that they did not agree to extend the deadline.

Howard, who is representing himself in the case, was convicted of intoxicated assault and intoxicated manslaughter last year as a result of the March 2009 crash, which claimed the lives of two 17-year-old girls.