CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing over claims her husband's cancer went undiagnosed by hospital staff.

Carolyn Ward, as executrix of the estate of Carl Ward, filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Area Medical Center, citing the Medical Professional Liability Act.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 6, 2007, Carl Ward underwent a colonoscopy and biopsy at Charleston Area Medical Center's Teays Valley facility, and the pathologist who did the biopsy recommended further action that Ward's doctor did not follow.

According to the lawsuit, Ward was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer on Nov. 12, 2010, and he died from the disease on Feb. 22, 2012. The defendants are accused of negligently credentialing the doctor who cared for Ward, who was not at the time board certified in internal medicine.

Carolyn Ward is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

She is being represented in the case by attorney Richard D. Lindsay of Tabor Lindsay & Associates PLLC. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-190

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