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Ex-Cowboys Running Back Ron Springs Named Plaintiff in Constitutional Challenge to Texas' Malpractice Award Cap

h case of medical malpractice -- no matter how many people were injured or died or how many people suffered," said Les Weisbrod, Miller, Curtis & Weisbrod partner. "Doctors are placed above the dictates of the U.S. Constitution, allowing them to have special legal protection from the consequences of their medical mistakes."

The plaintiffs in this challenge include a group of current and former Texas residents, each of whom is seriously injured due to medical malpractice, who argue that without the state award cap in place, the facts of their cases would prompt Texas juries to award non-economic damages far greater than $250,000.

The plaintiffs include:

-- A Harrison County child severely and permanently brain damaged at birth

in 2004 as a result of undiagnosed and untreated fetal distress during


-- Springs, in a persistent vegetative state after botched general

anesthesia given unnecessarily for a minor surgical procedure;

-- A Tom Green County woman whose physician, during a routine office

visit, paralyzed her with narcotics and then sexually assaulted her;

-- A Harris County man whose anal canal, rectum, bladder and perineum were

severely burned and permanently injured during a 2005 medical

procedure, causing excruciating pain and lifelong loss of bladder and

bowel control;

-- A Harris County man completely paralyzed for life, unable to move or

speak yet conscious of his surroundings and physical condition as a

result of a botched steroid injection;

-- A former Harris County dentist totally paralyzed as a result of a

botched spinal imaging procedure;

-- A Cameron County girl who suffered catastrophic loss of intestinal

function at 10 months of age due to botched abdominal surgery in 2001;

-- A Harris County woman left permanently paraplegic, in constant pain,

unable to walk or sta

SOURCE Miller Curtis & Weisbrod, LLP
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