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Christina Huston practices in the areas of professional liability defense of physicians, non-physician health care providers, lawyers, accountants, architects and other professionals in state and federal courts. She has handled catastrophic injuries and multimillion-dollar claims from the pre-litigation notice period through trial and, if necessary, post-trial appeal. Christina has tried cases to jury verdict in rural and urban venues across the state of Texas, including those recognized to be among the most dangerous for defendants in the country. She has represented clients in Angelina, Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Orange and Tarrant counties. Her appellate experience includes trial and protecting the record for cases expected to have future appeals, as well as having handled several interlocutory appeals. Her representation of hospitals and health care facilities has likewise established Christina’s experience in general civil, civil rights, and premises liability claims and litigation. She is attuned to the special needs of behavioral health hospitals and their employed and contracted health care providers.

Christina works with her corporate, hospital and physician group clients in developing best practices in hiring, authoring policies and procedures, and protecting event investigation, peer review and quality of care committee activities, as well as ethics considerations and termination of care, statutory interpretations and protections. She is a frequent lecturer at hospitals and health care facilities on best practices in documentation, proper reporting of incidents and initial internal investigations.

Christina has served as a member of a Harris County bioethics committee. She provides advice to clients and lectures on best practices with regard to the care of unidentified patients, end-of-life decision making, and determining proper and legal decision-makers; observing and following medical directives; and release and/or disposal of fetal demise remains.

Areas of Focus

Medical Malpractice & Health Care
Christina has obtained defense verdicts, pre-trial dismissal or favorable settlements for a range of entities in numerous areas of practice, including allegations of malpractice in obstetrics, gynecology, radiology, ultrasound technology, perioperative nursing, outpatient surgery nursing, PACU and ICU nursing, pediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, pain management, general surgery, urology, physical therapy, rehabilitation and ophthalmology. In addition, she has handled all manner of alleged injuries, including hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy at birth and anesthesia-induced, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, epidural abscess, pressure injuries, paralysis and loss of limbs, stroke, sepsis and other infectious disease, organ perforation and inpatient suicide. Christina’s experience also includes the defense of civil rights claims, allegations of physical and sexual assault of patients, and claims of improper mental health commitment. She often is requested to travel nationally for initial investigation of claims associated with inpatient incidents and deaths at client facilities.

Institutions she has served include:

American Addiction Centers
Baptist Health System—San Antonio
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas—Beaumont
Catholic Health Initiatives
Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
Houston Northwest Medical Center
IASIS Healthcare Company
Nacogdoches Medical Center
Northwest Surgery Center—Red Oak
St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston
St. Joseph Medical Center Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Houston
St. Luke’s Health Memorial Hospital—Lufkin
St. Luke’s Health—The Woodlands
Southeast Texas Medical Associates
Steward Health Care System LLC
Tenet Healthcare
The Medical Center of Southeast Texas
The Surgery Center of Nacogdoches
United Surgical Partners International

Representative Matters

Obtained defense verdict for hospital defendant in case alleging catastrophic Wernicke's encephalopathy injury due to failure to diagnose thiamine deficiency. Nacogdoches County, Texas. 

Secured defense verdict for hospital defendant in case alleging neurological injury causing foot-drop due to failure to properly position a laboring mother. Harris County, Texas. 

Obtained defense verdict for hospital defendant in case alleging injury to bladder due to improper handling of artificial urinary sphincter. Angelina County, Texas. 

Defended case to plaintiff's verdict in case alleging hit and run by hospital linen truck; zero damages awarded. El Paso County, Texas. 

Defended case to plaintiff's verdict of 20 percent liability against hospital defendant in premises liability litigation, and then successfully sought reversal and rendering of judgment for the defense by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas.

Successfully defended appeals of dismissal under Chapter 74 expert report requirements in Ninth, First, and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. 

Successfully defended appeal of dismissal of claims of medical battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Petition denied.