2 doctors named in suit over infections
By Jennifer Edwards Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015 11:23 pm
TUSCUMBIA — Two local orthopedic doctors have been named in a lawsuit alleging failures at the physicians’ office led to the infection of at least eight patients with staph infection. The lawsuit was filed in Colbert County Circuit Court naming Dr. Paul Davis and Dr. Lee Nichols as responsible for infecting patients with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus through a pain injection. The infection led to the death of one patient, the lawsuit alleges.
The patients bringing the lawsuit all received an injection containing bupivacaine, a numbing medication, to treat joint pain on Oct. 28 or Oct. 29, 2013, at Shoals Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Muscle Shoals. The physicians’ practice also has a location in Florence, but only the Muscle Shoals location is named in the suit. Four of the patients allege to have been treated by Davis and the other four were treated by Nichols, the lawsuit states.
Joel Williams, of the Birmingham firm Friedman, Dazzio, Zulanas & Bowling, is representing Nichols, and Jay Juliano, of the Birmingham firm Parsons, Lee & Juliano, represent Davis. The firms collectively represent the physicians’ practice.
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