Sarina man contracted infection, suing doctor for $750k
SARINA man Ben Ball was only 15 when he contracted a potentially deadly bacterial infection that changed his life permanently.
Now aged 20, Mr Ball is suing both Dr Marshall Godsall and MT Godsall (Medical) Pty Ltd (that initially treated him) for more than $750,000.
In Mr Ball's detailed claim to the Supreme Court of Queensland, he states that Dr Godsall, who then owned the medical practice, failed to notice the infection or make a proper diagnosis.
Dr Godsall has refuted the claims.
However, in his claim, Mr Ball states that in 2009, when he was 15, he corked his leg during a Sarina Junior Rugby League match on May 23.
By the following Monday morning, May 25, his leg was swollen, hot to touch, he had pains across his chest, shortness of breath and had been vomiting.
He claims that after consulting Dr Godsall that day he was prescribed Voltaren tablets and told to rest.
Mr Ball further claims that his father, James Ball, had to carry him back to the clinic that afternoon, where he was examined for a second time.
Dr Godsall advised a rash on his upper body and legs was due to an allergic reaction due to the Voltaren, and gave him an injection of adrenalin and advised him to cease taking the Voltaren.
The following morning, May 26, they returned to the doctor as his symptoms were worse.
After the third visit to the clinic, Mr Ball took his son to the Sarina Base Hospital. From there he was transported to Mackay Base Hospital, and then taken to Townsville Hospital where he underwent surgery for necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as a flesh-eating disease.
Mr Ball lost a portion of his calf muscle, two hamstrings and has severe scarring on his leg.
A few months after the operation Mr Ball's family spoke to the Daily Mercury about the experience.
They praised the efforts of Dr Milos Kolarik who operated on Mr Ball's leg, from his groin to his ankle.
They said he saved his life.
Avant Mutual Group Limited (AMGL), Dr Godsall's insurance firm, is providing lawyers to defend him.
"Dr Godsall is aware of the allegations made against him," an AMGL spokesman said. "He denies the allegations."
"As the matter is currently the subject of legal proceedings it is not appropriate for him to make any further comment at this time."
Mr Ball's solicitors, Macrossan and Amiet Solicitors in Mackay, declined to comment on the case yesterday.
MT Godsall (Medical) Pty Ltd is not the current owner of the Sarina medical centre.