Couple sues physicians over post-op complications

CHARLESTON -- A couple is suing two physicians for injuries suffered after complications from surgery.

On Dec. 9, 2010, Dr. Stacey R. Smith performed surgical procedures on Nanette Rogers, according to a complaint filed Oct. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Rogers claims after the surgical procedures, she developed complications and sought additional care from both Smith and Dr. Michael P. Noto.

The defendants’ negligence caused Rogers to develop severe complications, including septic arthritis of the left ankle, surgical wound infection and abscess formation, which required additional surgeries and other medical treatment, according to the suit.

Rogers claims the defendants’ negligence also caused her permanent injuries to her foot and ankle, which caused a functional impairment and will require future medical treatment.

Since Rogers’ injuries are permanent, she will continue to suffer pain and discomfort, physical limitations, emotional distress and the inability to enjoy life, according to the suit.

Rogers claims the defendants’ actions were willful, wanton and reckless.

The defendants’ conduct fell below the applicable standard of care, according to the suit.

Rogers and her husband, Mark Rogers, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.

They are being represented by James R. Fox.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-2112

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