Negligence led to woman's breast cancer, suit claims

By Lawrence Smith | Jul 18, 2008

Pleasant Valley Hospital is located in Point Pleasant.


POINT PLEASANT – A Mason County hospital and two physicians are named in a malpractice suit alleging they failed to properly diagnose a woman for breast cancer.

On June 13, Kathleen and Thomas Edwards filed suit against Pleasant Valley Hospital and Drs. Suresh K. Agrawal, of Point Pleasant, and Thomas J. Piechowicz, of Marietta, Ohio. In the three-count complaint and suit, filed with the assistance of Charleston attorney Marvin W. Masters, the Edwards' allege each were in some way responsible for Kathleen developing breast cancer.

According to court records, Kathleen had mammograms, and other radiologic tests, taken at PVH between Dec. 12, 2003 and March 16, 2006. Specifically, the Edwards' suit maintains Agrawal read the results of the tests Dec. 12–16, 2003, and Piechowicz on March 16, 2006.

Because they failed to properly diagnose the tests, "Kathleen Edwards' condition was allowed to deteriorate to the point where she developed a palpable right breast mass which was diagnosed on Dec. 8, 2006." As treatment, the suit alleges Edwards required chemotherapy and radiation.

In their suit, the Edwards' allege the ordeal resulted in Kathleen suffering mental pain and emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of income and enjoyment of life. Also, Thomas lost the "comfort, companionship, society, services, support and kindly offices of the Plaintiff, Kathleen Edwards."

The Edwards' are seeking unspecified damages from each defendant separately or jointly.

The case has been assigned to Judge David W. Nibert.

Mason Circuit Court Case No. 08-C-531

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