Raleigh County woman blames doctor for husband's death

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 5, 2006

Dr. Stephen Grubb

CHARLESTON – A Raleigh County woman says a Charleston doctor is to blame for her husband's death.

In a lawsuit filed last month in Kanawha Circuit Court, Alvada Sharpenberg of Mabscott says her late husband Paul Richard Sharpenberg was a patient of Stephen R. Grubb from August 1982 until his death on Oct. 20, 2004.

She claims Grubb, an endocrinologist with West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston, was negligent and careless in his care and treatment of her husband and that he deviated from the standards of care.

In the suit, filed by attorney Gregory B. Chiartas, Sharpenberg says her husband suffred from multi-system organ failure caused or contributed to by the re-section of a bilateral giant retroperitoneal angiomyolipoma from which he suffered for several days and died Oct. 24, 2004.

She says Grubb failed to properly diagnose, evaluate or treat her husband for the true condition from which he suffered; failed to properly or timely refer him for appropriate care and treatment; failed to order appropriate tests or perform procedures in a careful and customary manner; failed to interpret signs and symptoms of the true medical condition and circumstances from which he suffered; failed to properly examine, test or care and manage him; and was otherwise negligent.

Because of Grubb's actions, Sharpenberg says she has lost the society, services, companionship and consortium of her husband.

Se makes a claim for compensatory damages for economic and non-economic losses as well as court costs, interests and other relief.

She seek a jury trial, and the case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charlie King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 05-C-2745

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