A medical malpractice trial began in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

The case involves Ann and David Castro, of 832 Main Rd., Lehighton, who are seeking damages against two doctors and their medical practices. Defendants are Dr. Kailash Makhija and Associates and Dr. Kanwal S. Khan, both who have offices in Lehighton and Palmerton, respectively.

The suit is over the care provided Ann Castro in August and September of 2004 at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton.

Plaintiff Atty. Michael J. Foley, of Scranton, told the jury his client was operated on in August and three hours after being released had to return to the emergency room suffering severe abdomen pain. The pain was attributed to two abscesses she developed. Dr. Makhija and Dr. Khan treated Mrs. Castro for the problem.

Foley claimed that Makhija and Khan were negligent in the care of Mrs. Castro.

Defense Atty. John Hill, who represents Makhija, told the jury that the two doctors provided the medical care needed to the high standard required and according to established medical procedures. Kahn is represented by Atty. Paul Laughlin.

The trial, which will include numerous expert witnesses called by the parties, is expected to last about 10 days, according to President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II, who is presiding.