Dr. Eleazar P. Briones and the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital have been named as defendants in a medical malpractice civil suit filed by Lauralee Skallerud of Louisburg.

Dr. Eleazar P. Briones and the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital have been named as defendants in a medical malpractice civil suit filed  by Lauralee Skallerud of Louisburg.

According to public court documents obtained by the Montevideo American-News, a complaint was served on Sept. 17, 2018 on CCMH. A complaint was also served on Dr. Briones on Oct. 16, 2018. The lawsuit was officially filed in Chippewa County District Court on Oct. 23, 2018.

In his answer to the civil malpractice suit, Dr. Briones denies being liable to Skallerud, as well as denying that he was negligent or “that he departed from accepted standards of medical practice or that any act or omission on his part caused or contributed to Damage to Plaintiff Lauralee Skallerud.”

Dr. Briones also stated in his answer that “if Plaintiff Lauralee Skallerud sustained any injury or damage, the same may have been caused by the negligence of the Plaintiff and/or that of others, or was caused by reason of factors and circumstances all of which were beyond the control of this answering Defendant.”

Included in his answer to the complaint, Dr. Briones demanded a trial by jury.

The complaint includes the following allegations about Skallerud’s treatment:

The complaint states that “From January 29, 2015, through April 29, 2015, Plaintiff received treatment from Dr. Briones for a right thigh mass which was diagnosed as a leio­myosarcoma.” (Leiomyo­sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that affects smooth muscle tissue.)

According to the complaint, on March 2, 2015, Dr. Briones performed surgery to remove the mass from Skallerud’s right thigh and hip area. No evidence of metastasis was revealed in the pathology report.

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