Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against University General Hospital Physician
Carolyn Guillory, a resident of Beaumont, Texas, recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Felix Spiegel, a renowned laparoscopic surgeon in the Houston area.
Dr. Spiegel, probably best known for his weight loss and lap band commercials, has performed tens of thousands of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries throughout his career, and his website claims that he holds certification from the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgery. His advertising focuses heavily on his ability to perform corrective operations or reversals to ensure that his patients’ surgery is to their satisfaction.
The lawsuit alleges that on November 29, 2011, Guillory came to Dr. Spiegel’s offices to receive a revision to her Nissen’s fundoplication gastric surgery, a medical procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Guillory’s symptoms returned months after the corrective procedure, forcing her to undergo yet another corrective surgery from a different surgeon.
Guillory’s malpractice lawsuit asserts that Dr. Spiegel failed to accurately interpret and diagnose her symptoms, and that as a result of this, he administered the wrong surgical procedure. She is seeking damages totaling up to $1 million.
Guillory is not the first patient to allege medical malpractice against Dr. Spiegel. In 2005, Warren and Melissa Strother of Louisiana filed suit against the physician for negligence in his treatment of their daughter. The Strothers had brought their daughter in to Dr. Spiegel for lap band surgery, a weight loss treatment. When the girl experienced pain and difficulty keeping food down, the Strothers returned on several occasions for adjustments to the medical device, each time receiving care from members of Dr. Spiegel’s staff — but not from the doctor himself.
When the pain of Strothers’ daughter worsened, she was taken to the emergency room, where it was revealed that the lap band device had migrated, causing a prolapsed stomach and pancreatitis. The Strothers contend that if Dr. Spiegel had properly attended to their daughter, the underlying problem would have been detected sooner.
Medical errors like misdiagnosis can have a drastic affect on person’s health and well-being. If you have been a victim of a medical error, you deserve to be compensated. Speak with an experienced Houston personal injury attorney like George Cire to seek damages against a healthcare practitioner.