Couple says doctor's negligence led to leg amputation

By Cara Bailey | Apr 11, 2007


CHARLESTON - Two Kanawha Country residents have filed a medical malpractice suit against a doctor at Charleston Area Medical Center claiming the husband's leg was amputated due to negligence of the doctor.

Lonuel and Terry Barley filed a suit April 2 in Kanawha Circuit Court against John A. Turley, M.D.

On April 4, 2005, Lonuel Barley was taken by ambulance to CAMC because of pain, difficulty in moving his legs, the inability to bear weight and complaints of not being able to feel his legs, the suit says.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Barley was seen by Turley. According to the suit, Barley's triage assessment was listed as "Urgent" and the record indicates he was concerned with losing his leg. Turley ordered pain medication, an MRI and CT scan.

According to the suit, Barley remained in severe pain and was evaluated by George Pullin, M.D., who found Barley's right leg to be cold, mottled and without a pedal pulse, popliteal pulse and femoral pulse.

"Dr. Pullin immediately started (Barley) on heparin and contacted Dr. Bali who examined Mr. Barley in the ER and took him to surgery," the suit says. "Unfortunately, due to the delay in treatment, Mr. Barley's right leg ultimately had to be amputated above the knee."

The suit claims Turley was negligent by failing to properly and timely diagnose the arterial compromise that caused Barley to lose his leg.

Therefore, the Barleys seek compensation for their losses, as allowable under the Medical Professional Liability Act, punitive damages, plus other relief the court deems necessary.

The Barleys are under the counsel of attorney Richard Lindsay, and the case has been assigned to Judge Irene Berger.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-630

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