Woody Creek man sues three doctors
Three doctors, including two valley physicians, have been named in a medical negligence lawsuit filed yesterday in Pitkin County District Court.
Donald L. Roberts of Woody Creek, a former patient of Dr. Paula Barclay, Dr. Michael Hotard, and Dr. William Rodman, claims the three doctors were negligent in diagnosing and treating his condition.
Roberts claims that on Oct. 15, 1997, he was under the care of Barclay, and that from about Oct. 20 through Oct. 28, 1997, he was under the care of Hotard, who was an employee of Rodman’s, according to the lawsuit.
Roberts claims Barclay was negligent in several capacities: by failing to timely and appropriately diagnose and monitor his condition; by failing to prescribe proper medications; by failing to refer him to other doctors; and by failing to consult with appropriate medical specialists regarding his care.
As a result, he suffered injuries and damages including, acute respiratory failure, severe shock, severe systemic inflammatory response syndrome, acute renal failure, severe hypotension, gangrene of his hands and feet, multiple brain abnormalities, brain damage, loss of fingers and toes on all four extremities, partial amputations of both feet, and other maladies, according to the lawsuit.
The suit claims Hotard also failed to properly diagnose, care for and treat Roberts, which resulted in more of the previously described ill side-effects.
Furthermore, the suit claims both Barclay and Hotard failed to inform Roberts of the risks related to his care and treatment or of available alternative treatments; both also failed to obtain Roberts’ informed consent.
Because Hotard was acting as an employee of Rodman’s at the time, Rodman is liable for the Hotard’s negligent acts, the suit claims.
Roberts seeks unspecified damages, and requests a trial by jury, according to the suit.
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