Parent says St. Clair Hospital, doctor to blame for surgical error

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 21, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A father is suing St. Clair Hospital and Dr. Derrick Fluhme, claiming that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Wesley Banks filed a complaint May 18 in the Allegheny County Courts of Common Pleas on behalf of his minor son Nathan Banks, alleging that the defendants did not have accurate and proper policies in place for instrument counts.

According to the complaint, Nathan Banks was admitted to St. Clair Hospital on June 20, 2012 for a right knee arthroscopy to address a medial femoral condylar osteochondral defect. As a result of defendants' alleged negligence, the plaintiff said Nathan Banks continues to suffer discomfort, post-surgical pain and embarrassment, and the plaintiff was forced to pay more for proper care and treatment.

The plaintiff said the defendants are responsible because they allegedly negligently left the tip of a metallic drill bit in Nathan Banks' right knee and failed to document and report the correct instrument count.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment in an amount in excess of arbitration limits, plus interest and costs. He is represented by Wayne Chiurazzi and John Bryan of The Chiurazzi Law Group in Pittsburgh.

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