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Woman says doctors should have performed genetic test

By Annie Cosby | Nov 3, 2014


MADISON – A Boone County woman is suing over claims her doctors negligently failed to perform genetic testing that should have been necessary due to her family history of cancer.

Rahni Richardson filed a lawsuit Oct. 16 in Boone Circuit Court against Madison Medical, Dr. Robert Atkins, Dr. Ron Stollings, nurse practitioner Carol Miller and nurse practitioner Kathy Hill, citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Richardson came under the care of the defendant doctors and nurses at Madison Medical's facility on Aug. 31, 2011.

The complaint states the defendants negligently failed to take an adequate family history of cancer, which would have recommended genetic testing, and Richardson would not have developed breast cancer, which is expected to cause her to accrue future medical expenses and experience a diminished life expectancy.

The defendants are accused of violating the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act.

Richardson seeks compensatory and punitive damages plus costs and fees.

She is represented by attorneys Matthew C. Lindsay and Richard D. Lindsay of Tabor, Lindsay and Associates in Charleston.

Boone Circuit Court case number: 14-C-188

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