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Alicia Cochran and Craig Cochran, as Parents and Next Friends of Tyler Cochran v. Monongalia General Hospital Inc. and James M. Holehouse, M.D. and Holehouse and Rollins, Inc.
PA-Kelly Reed and Kelly Kimble J-N/A
* On May 6, 1999, Alicia Cochran was admitted to Monongalia General Hospital for the birth of her baby. She was given the drug Pitocin, which induces contractions. She remained in labor for 24 hours. Whille in labor she was evaluated by Dr. J.M. Rollins and was assured that the baby's fetal heart tones were normal. Cochran was also seen by Holehouse. She was in labor for 24 hours. Tyler Cochran was born on May 7, 1999. He required intubation and other life support measures. Cochran claims that during the period of labor, the attending staff failed to identify nonreassuring heart rate decelerations. Cochran also claims that she should have also not been given additional Pitocin when the baby's heart rate was questionable. As a result, Tyler Cochran suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other related neurological injuries. The Cochrans are seeking judgment and damages in addition to pain and suffering and future medical expenses.
Case number: 07-C-395

Rhonda Shahan and Gary V. Shahan v. Boston Scientific Corporation and Monongalia County General Hosptial Company
PA-John R. Angotti; J-N/A
* Rhonda Shanan was involved in a motor vehicle accident in January 1998. Receiving injuries to her bladder, she suffered urinary stress incontinence. In April 1998 it became necessary for her to have a ProteGen Vaginal Sling inserted to control the problem. Shahan experienced problems with the Sling in December 2005. Her urologist recommended removal of the sling. Shahan underwent surgery for the sling removal on Dec. 13, 2005. During the procedure, her doctor noted severe prolapse of the bladder. This condition ultimately resulted in Shahan undergoing a hysterectomy. Shahan and her husband claim Boston Scientific Corporation is responsible for producing a faulty product and selling that product to Monongalia General Hospital. They seek compensatory damages and all costs associated with the filing of this action.
Case number: 07-C-401

Josephine Tarantini, Individually and dba Ralph's Beer Distributor Inc. v. Morgantown Utility Board
PA-John R. Angotti; J-N/A
* Tarantini alleges that Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) installed a sewer line that encumbers Tarantini's property. MUB has been asked to remove and/or relocate the sewer line at their cost. In addition to refusing to move the sewer line, they advised Tarantini she must bear the costs of relocating the line. Tarantini is asking for compensatory damages and for MUB to remove the sewer line.
Case number: 07-C-402

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