Texas Doctor Wins Med Mal Lawsuit - Rattlesnake Envenomation - FaunaClassifieds
  Tired of those Google and InfoLink ads? Upgrade Your Membership!
  Inside FaunaClassifieds  Photo Gallery  

Go Back   FaunaClassifieds > Reptile & Amphibian - General Discussion Forums > Herps In The News


Herps In The News Local or national articles where reptiles or amphibians have made it into the news media. Please cite sources.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-19-2024, 09:33 PM   #1
Martin Nowak
Texas Doctor Wins Med Mal Lawsuit - Rattlesnake Envenomation

Basic Story: 13 year old girl walks dog in yard and is bitten by rattlesnake. Patient to local hospital ER where doctor follows standard protocol for envenomation treatment. Anti-venom not given immediately per protocol and parents file suit alleging delayed anti-venom caused "suffering" and "lasting pain and impairment". Parents sued the doctor and manufacturer of CroFab.
Patient also transferred to another hospital and discharged one day later. The plaintiff's expert may be recognized by some readers - Dr. Benjamin Abo from Florida and who appears on "Kings of Pain" show on the History Channel.

The hospital is Austin Seton Medical Center in the national Ascension System and which enjoys an "A" rating by the Leapfrog group. It is a Level I Stroke Center and a Level IV Trauma Center with 391 beds.
The treating physician was Dr. Kristi Marsillo who is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician.

October 5, 2023
Texas Supreme Court Case Filing Summary:

January 18, 2024
Texas Legal Newsline Report of Supreme Court Finding for the doctor:

There are additional reports online about this case. Some include a picture of the patient's foot. Herpers may not be aware there are standard hospital and clinical protocols for treatment of envenomation and administering anti-venom as brought out in the Supreme Court ruling.
Old 01-21-2024, 02:04 PM   #2
Baseless lawsuit and waste of taxpayer's money. I hope physician/hospital counter sues for legal costs/damage to reputation to stop this type of nonsense. Every other commercial on TV these days is some personal injury attorney. This is the reason our premiums for health insurance, auto insurance, home insurance, etc.. are outrageous in this country.
Old 01-21-2024, 04:10 PM   #3
Martin Nowak
Agree. A totally baseless suit. The defense costs indeed end up on the expense ledger of the hospital and are then passed on to employers and consumers resulting in higher health insurance premiums. The plaintiff attorneys were likely on contingency so their costs are sunk in the law firm. I am well aware of the costs to employ "expert" physicians. Dr Abo's costs would be quite high and absorbed by the plaintiff law firm. Good the Texas Supreme Court found his "expertise" to not be compelling. Hollywood did not help this case. Baseless lawsuits in medicine may (may) also cause future additional unwarranted costs because of excess caution from a previous lawsuit. Hopefully this proper conclusion by the TX Supreme Court causes the law firm to be less inclined to file frivolous lawsuits.

Join now to reply to this thread or open new ones for your questions & comments! FaunaClassifieds.com is the largest online community about Reptile & Amphibians, Snakes, Lizards and number one classifieds service with thousands of ads to look for. Registration is open to everyone and FREE. Click Here to Register!


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rare snake wins protection under critical habitat lawsuit JColt Herps In The News 1 04-27-2020 04:04 AM
Rare snake wins protection under critical habitat lawsuit bcr229 Herps In The News 1 02-26-2020 03:46 PM
[For Sale] Texas Rattlesnake Lot for Sale Texassnakekeeper Venomous Snakes 6 12-06-2019 05:34 AM
Texas Rattlesnake Festival Tim Cole Shows & Events 2 02-05-2014 01:44 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:28 PM.

Fauna Top Sites

Powered by vBulletin® Version
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Page generated in 0.05760407 seconds with 10 queries
Content copyrighted 2002-2022, FaunaClassifieds, LLC