Dignity Health surgical center loses $543,000 lawsuit
December 22, 2013
A local banker won a more than $543,000 medical negligence lawsuit against the Pismo Beach Coastal Surgical Institute on Dec. 13.
Charles Blevins, 66, of Paso Robles developed a deep-tissue infection following a 2010 knee operation at the surgical center owned by Dignity Health and the majority of the physicians who work there. Dignity Health operates French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.
According to a complaint filed by Blevins’ attorney, Jeffrey Stulberg, surgical instruments used in Blevins surgery were contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, which led to an infection. Blevins was one of three patients who underwent surgery at the center in 2010 and shortly afterwards was treated for a bacterial infections.
Three days after Blevins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, he reported having a fever and severe pain. He went to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and underwent another surgery as well as antibiotic treatment for the infection.
Since contacting the bacterial infection, Blevins has had two additional surgeries and a complete knee replacement operation.