CHARLESTON - A woman is suing Charleston Area Medical Center after she claims a physician ruptured her uterus, which caused her to have to have a hysterectomy.

Charleston Area Medical Center is doing business as Women's and Children's Hospital.

The West Virginia University Board of Governors and Dr. F. Scott Hunter were also named as defendants in the suit.

On July 2, 2011, the defendants negligently cared for Leticia Lopez during labor and delivery, according to a complaint filed Oct. 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Lopez claims Hunter used forceps to deliver her infant, resulting in permanent and irreversible injury to her.

The defendants' negligence caused Lopez to suffer a ruptured uterus, necessitating a hysterectomy, according to the suit.

Lopez claims the defendants' actions were careless, reckless, willful and wanton and with a reckless disregard of risk of harm to her.

The defendants' actions caused Lopez to suffer medical expenses; loss of future earning capacity; physical pain and suffering; mental pain and suffering; loss of ability to have children; annoyance, embarrassment, humiliation and inconvenience; and loss of enjoyment of life, according to the suit.

Lopez is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Richard D. Lindsay and Matthew C. Lindsay of Tabor Lindsay & Associates.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-1884

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