Man sues for family member's brain injury

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 1, 2015

CHARLESTON – A man is suing Charleston Neurological Associates and Charleston Area Medical Center for his family member's brain injury.

Dr. Lana D. Christiano was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Larry David Hill claims mistakes were made prior to, during and after Jonathan David Hill's brain surgery on April 22, 2013, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Larry Hill claims the mistakes resulted in a stroke, which was left undetected and untreated for more than 40 hours while Jonathan Hill was in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at CAMC.

Jonathan Hill was also given a steroid for treatment of the stroke, which put him into a manic state, due to his bipolar disorder, according to the suit.

Larry Hill claims a traumatic brain injury from the stroke has left Jonathan Hill unable to pursue a promising career in computer aided drafting, design and machining and he has been unable to continue his education or work for the past two years.

Jonathan Hill has also been quite depressed to the loss of ability to pursue his career, according to the suit.

Larry Hill claims Jonathan Hill presented to Thomas Memorial Hospital Emergency Room on April 19, 2013, for worsening symptoms of a headache and his legs going out from under him when he would stand with his head leaning backward.

After several tests, an MRI showed what appeared to be a cyst near his pineal gland and he was transferred to CAMC for further evaluation and treatment, according to the suit.

Larry Hill claims Christiano scheduled Jonathan Hill for surgery at the earliest possible time, which was April 22, but he believes the surgery should have been postponed until blood thinners were out of his system.

Larry Hill is seeking damages in the amount of $2 million for Jonathan Hill's loss of career and $1 million for pain and suffering. He is representing himself.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge James Stucky, who recused himself. Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman is now presiding over the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 15-C-777

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