Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A woman who says she was assaulted by a Pawleys Island doctor is seeking $1 million in damages, according to a lawsuit filed this week.
Heather Tisdale, a nursing assistant at Coastal Dermatology LLC, filed the suit Tuesday against Dr. Michele Mittelbronn, a physician at the same company.
The suit stems from two incidents Tisdale says occurred in the office this year.
The first, Tisdale alleges, occurred Feb. 2 while she and Mittelbronn were performing a skin culture on a patient.
“During the procedure, (Mittelbronn) placed the used syringe facing upward on the counter and did not inform Tisdale,” the suit states.
Tisdale says the act was “outside the normal protocol and was intentional on the part of (Mittelbronn)” to cause her harm. She said she was harmed by the open, used needle.
The second incident which spawned the lawsuit occurred March 1.
Tisdale says she was working with a patient who was filing consent forms when Mittelbronn started yelling at her while asking why the patient was not ready for surgery and why the surgery tray was not set up, the suit states.
Tisdale said she was continuing to numb the patient in preparation for surgery when Mittelbronn asked how many syringes she had put in the surgery area. When Tisdale said five syringes were in the room, Mittelbronn “was extremely irate and screamed for (Tisdale) to add another syringe.”
Tisdale alleges Mittelbronn “stormed over” and “pushed her right hand causing her to go to the left hand side the room.” Tisdale was holding a used syringe in her right hand at the time.
The syringe, according to the suit, “was forced into her left hand when she was being pushed by (Mittelbronn).”
Tisdale says, as a result of the incidents she suffers mental anguish and shock, loss of income and loss of enjoyment of personal, family and social life.
Along with the $1 million, she is seeking punitive damages and for the costs she is spending on the lawsuit.
The Georgetown Times contacted Mittelbronn’s office Thursday and was told she is out of town. The Times was later told she was given a message to return a call seeking comment.
The call was not returned.
By Scott Harper