An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fox Investigation into the Texas Board of Medical Examiners

Fox 4 in Dallas/Forth Worth has conducted a recent investigation into the Texas Board of Medical Examiners. Fox reported that the state board that is supposed to be policing doctors and protecting the public has its critics.

In 2003 Texas lawmakers put caps on medical malpractice lawsuits but Fox reports those lawmakers promised to keep a tight rein on doctors by strengthening the board. As part of Fox's investigation, it detailed the stories of two women who will be forever changed as a result of one doctor's negligence and their secret complaints to the Board of Medical Examiners.

Just opening a door is a now a struggle for Irma Carbajal LeCroy, once a successful Realtor who now has trouble making her rent. Her life changed a year ago when she ended up in the emergency room following a cosmetic procedure.

Lecroy had gone to the Molina Medical Clinic for an elective procedure called a Brazilian butt lift. Dr. Hector Oscar Molina removed fat from her abdomen and re-injected it into her buttocks. Lecroy's attorney says that fat was injected into her muscle.

Her friend called 911 when LeCroy woke up in a recovery room in a panic. LeCroy was not feeling good and she could not feel the bottom of her feet. Ultimately, doctors at Baylor Hospital operated on LeCroy 27 times.

After months of surgery and rehab, LeCroy is now permanently disabled. She has scars that run almost a foot long up both legs. She wears braces to hold her feet in place. LeCroy filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, but Molina has no medical malpractice insurance for plastic surgery.

LeCroy's family filed complaints with the Texas Medical Board but those complaints were not shared with the public.

Seven months later another of Molina's patients was rushed to Baylor's emergency room. Monica Moreno went to Dr. Molina for an arm lift and breast implants. Nine days after surgery her wounds were severely infected, and she could not breathe. Moreno spent two months at Baylor and in rehab.

Her family says had they known about LeCroy's complaint, they never would have allowed Dr. Molina to perform the surgery.

The public does not learn about complaints. It only gets to see disciplinary action when it is final.

Since 2003 the number of patient complaints to the board has increased from 4,900 to more than 8,000 last year. But investigations are down to only 25 percent. Fox reported that doctors now review complaints instead of nurses, and they are finding 75 percent do not require investigating.

This is Dr. Molina's second round with the state board. In 2004 he was disciplined and ordered to pay $25,000 for prescribing controlled substances and dangerous drugs over the Internet.

Neither woman had health insurance, so all of the surgeries and months of hospitalization were paid for by charity and Medicaid, which means taxpayers helped pay the costs.

Fox reported on others that feel the medical board let them down. To read and see the full story, please go to

If you or someone you know has suffered from medical malpractice, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Back to top