AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Supreme Court says it won’t allow an acupuncture malpigment patient to sue her doctor for damages over the procedure.
In a 4-2 decision released Friday, the court said there’s no evidence the doctor violated the patient’s rights under the Texas Health and Safety Code.
The court said the patient didn’t have standing because her injury was not serious enough to merit legal action.
The patient, who has had her skin damaged, sued Dr. Michael D. Jones for negligence and breach of contract in November 2015.
The patient says she lost 10 percent of her body weight.
Jones has denied any wrongdoing and says the patient is exaggerating her injuries.
In 2015, the case was dismissed because the Texas Supreme Courts refused to review the case on its merits.
Jones said the decision means patients are free to sue doctors and health care providers in a private lawsuit for damages.