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Patient Sues St. Mary's Hospital & Emergency Room Physician for Failing to Diagnose Severe Bacterial Blood Infection

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ohio resident for medical negligence in the Circuit Court of Cabell County, West Virginia.

The plaintiff went to see his primary care doctor because he was fevered and was feeling ill. His doctor sent him to the St. Mary's Hospital emergency room for further work up where he remained for over 12 hours. He was sent home in the early morning hours of the following day.

Several hours later, blood cultures revealed a bacterial infection. The hospital and the emergency room physician failed to notify the plaintiff or his primary care doctor of this serious infection.

Plaintiff presented to another hospital as he continued to decline and was eventually sent to Ohio State University where he had to undergo heart valve replacement surgery due to the untreated bacterial infection.

Click here to read the complaint.

Dale McCorkle v. St. Mary's Hospital, Rebecca L. Sapien, M.D. and River Valley Emergency Physicians Cabell County, W. Va. Circuit Court Civil Action No. 16-C- 323.

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