A Bronze Star Air Force veteran is suing a
On Tuesday, a jury in a civil suit heard that German ‘OT’ Ortiz, now 70, underwent an angiogram in 2005 which was performed by Dr. Mark Taylor of the Heart Center of Nevada.
During the procedure, a catheter was inserted through the bloodstream and a long steel wire was used to keep the catheter stiff. While the catheter was removed, Dr. Taylor inadvertently left the wire inside Ortiz’s body, according to the lawsuit.
The veteran went for a decade without realizing anything was wrong, before a radiographer made the discovery after taking an X-ray of Ortiz’s chest in 2015.
The X-ray showed the wire running through his body from his chest down to his thigh.
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In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 photo, German Ortiz’s lawyer James Jimmerson gives an opening statement to the jury pointing out the wire on a CAT scan image during a trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas
German ‘OT’ Ortiz has brought the lawsuit against Dr. Mark Taylor (pictured)
Ortiz and his wife first filed the lawsuit against Dr. Taylor in 2016, and are seeking upwards of $800,000 in damages.
In court on Tuesday, Ortiz’s lawyers told the jury that ‘a doctor must pay careful attention during a procedure’.
They argued: ‘If a doctor does not pay careful attention during a procedure, the doctor is responsible for the injuries caused.’
Dr. Mark Taylor of UMC listens to opening remarks beside his lawyer Linda Rurangirwa during his trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas
Victim: plaintiff German Ortiz and his wife, Angela, attend a trial at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Ortiz’s lawyers are asking a jury to award him upward of $800,000 from the cardiologist who performed a 2005 angioplasty and his company after a wire was left in his body
However, a lawyer for Dr. Taylor claims that another doctor must have left the wire inside of Ortiz.
‘Dr. Taylor met the standard of care and in no way was negligent or uncareful in his cardiology,’ the cardiologist’s attorney told the court.
While Ortiz has had around two-thirds of the wire removed, there is still around 20 inches of the metal which stretches down to his thigh.
The trial is expected to last a week.