CLEARWATER – A patient alleges she was injured during a biopsy at Morton Plant Hospital.

Patricia Smith filed a complaint on May 9 in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Pinellas County against A Place for Women PA and Dr. Michelle Villar-Diaz alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 3, 2015, she underwent a uterine biopsy by defendant Villar-Diaz and during the surgical procedure, Villar-Diaz perforated plaintiff's bowel. Plaintiff claims her condition was not diagnosed and the perforation was not treated, leading to permanent and physical injuries. 

The plaintiff holds A Place for Women PA and Villar-Diaz responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to recognize signs and symptoms of a post-operative condition that required surgical intervention and failed to either discuss further with surgeon or consult another surgeon and failed to diagnose and treat post-operative surgical infection and complication.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages of more than $15,000 and any other relief to which the court deems appropriate. She is represented by Kevin Smith of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath in West Palm Beach.

6th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Pinellas County Case number 17-002850-CI

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