The state Department of Public Safety has opened an investigation into a lawsuit that claims the rat bite death of a woman who had been rushed to a hospital by her husband was caused by negligence.
According to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas, a medical malformation doctor, James C. Condon, was sued in January 2016 by a woman whose husband, a firefighter, was accused of killing the rat in their home.
The woman alleged that Condon failed to perform a basic check-up, failed to check on the condition of the rat and failed to take precautions that would prevent the rat from being killed, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that the man was not notified about the possible rat injury until after the wife was admitted to the hospital.
Corman, a certified veterinary technician, had been treating the rat for more than a month when he called 911 on Feb. 16, 2016, the lawsuit said.
A search of the man’s home turned up a rat cage that was filled with rat carcasses, the suit said.
A month later, the woman, who had also been rushed by her wife to the emergency room, was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital.
Condon, who has not yet been identified, has been sued by the woman’s son.
He has not been charged in the lawsuit, but he has denied the claims, according.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.