Woman blames doctor, facility for having one shorter leg

By Cara Bailey | Apr 30, 2007

CHARLES TOWN - A Jefferson County woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against a doctor after her hip replacement surgery caused one leg to be longer than the other.

Isabella and Robert Hopkins filed a suit April 2 in Jefferson Circuit Court against Dr. Richard Patterson and Charles Town General Hospital Inc., doing business as Jefferson Orthopaedics.

According to the suit, Patterson performed a total left hip replacement on Isabella Hopkins. Hopkins claims she was told her pains were ordinary post-surgical pains.

"However, it was discovered that the total hip replacement surgery left ... Hopkins with a leg length discrepancy, with the left leg measuring nearly a full inch longer than the right leg," the suit says.

As a result of the negligence of Patterson, Hopkins claims she experienced a great shock to her nerves and nervous system, pain, suffering and mental anguish and unnecessary procedures.

Isabella and Robert Hopkins, through attorney George Tolley III, seek damages against the hospital and Patterson.

Jefferson Circuit Court case number 07-C-106

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