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Man Who Lost Two Fingers Files Lawsuit Against Winter Haven Hospital

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Florida resident Ormond Dees has filed a malpractice lawsuit in Bartow Circuit Court against Winter Haven Hospital alleging medical malpractice after fire broke out during a procedure causing second and third degree burns to his thigh and right hand, and amputation of his fourth and fifth fingers.

In the lawsuit, Dees names cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr. David K. Evans and the Florida Heart and Vascular Surgeons P. A., as defendants,  and claims the hospital and attending nursing staff were negligent by not having the proper non-alcoholic sterilization solution nearby, and by using too much alcohol preparation solution, which was not allowed to dry before the procedure began.

The lawsuit alleges that Evans was careless because he used electrocautery equipment in a setting where an alcohol-based preparation solution had been used to sterilize Dees groin and had pooled in the bed sheets causing the fire during a procedure to implant a cardioverter-defibrillator.

Florida Heart and Vascular Surgeons alleges that Dees contributed to the injuries and that persons other than Evans are responsible for the injuries. The Ledger reports that Winter Haven Hospital has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming it does not specify for whom the hospital is liable.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest and lawyer fees and costs. disclaimer: This article: Man Who Lost Two Fingers Files Lawsuit Against Winter Haven Hospital was posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 5:21 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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