Patricia was seeking treatment by Peter A. Zimmerman, M.D., Slidell Medical Rehab LLC, after she sustained a work related injury on April 24, 2010. Her treatment included periodic spinal injections. According to the plaintiffs, Zimmerman had failed his subspecialty tests and was not certified by board while he gave her several spinal injections from November 2011 to February 2012. Furthermore, he gave Patricia her pre-operative instructions in English language, even though, she only spoke Spanish.
On February 17, 2012, Patricia experienced severe side effects after Zimmerman gave her an injection. She was then put on life support and was removed on March 7, 2012, after being declared brain dead.
In the lawsuit, the victim’s children Carlos Espinal, Lester Espinal and Allison Espinal are seeking an unspecified amount in damages, including physical pain, discomfort, disability, survival damages and wrongful death.