City Hospital in Martinsburg.


MARTINSBURG - A Berkeley County woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against a hospital, claiming she sustained serious injuries due to a lack of care from her surgeon.

Sue Eubanks filed a suit Aug. 8 in Berkeley Circuit Court, against City Hospital in Martinsburg. James M. Carrier, M.D., is also named as a defendant.

According to the suit, Eubanks was admitted to City Hospital on June 17, 2005, for a colonoscopy. Carrier, the performing physician, claims he noticed a tear during the procedure and decided to stop the surgery.

Carrier scheduled her for a Barium test in two weeks, then discharged her. Eubanks went back to the hospital June 21 with pain in her lower stomach. She underwent an exploratory lap and drainage of abscess, as well as a resection of the sigmoid colon.

According to the suit, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7, Eubanks was admitted to the hospital for intraperitoneal closure of colostomy.

Eubanks claims the hospital owed her a duty of care to exercise a certain degree of skill, care, judgment and expertise. She claims employees at the hospital failed to monitor and treat her in a proper way.

According to the suit, Eubanks claims she sustained serious injuries, including a perforation of her colon, muscle weakness, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation and related injuries.

Eubanks seeks compensatory damages.

Attorney Barry J. Nace is representing Eubanks. The case has been assigned to Judge David Sanders.

Berkeley Circuit Court case number 07-C-779

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