Jackson man says he's disabled after being wrongly diagnosed

By Cara Bailey | Aug 28, 2008

CHARLESTON - A Jackson County man has filed a malpractice suit against a family physician, claiming she misdiagnosed him and caused him to be disabled.

Gary Jones filed the suit July 23 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Dr. Sandra Brannin, a Charleston physician. The suit is also against Brannin's husband, Richard Brannin, a physical therapist.

Jones saw Dr. Brannin on Nov. 1, 2006, for neck pain, tingling and weakness in his left hand. He was seen again Nov. 22 for left shoulder pain.

According to the suit, Brannin improperly treated Jones and misdiagnosed him with a torn rotator cuff.

Brannin then referred Jones to her husband, a physical therapist.

Jones claims that after months of physical therapy, he saw Dr. William Sale and was diagnosed with a large herniated disc.

"Due to the improper care and treatment provided by Dr. Brannin, Mr. Jones has developed a severe and permanent tremor in his left arm, which has rendered him disabled," the suit says.

Jones claims Dr. Brannin referred him to her husband for physical therapy without proper diagnoses, and had a financial interest in referring Jones to her husband.

Jones' wife, Brandy, claims she has suffered irreparable loss and loss of comfort, society, convenience and consortium from her husband.

Together, Gary and Brandy Jones seek compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorney Richard D. Lindsay is representing the Jones. The case has been assigned to Judge James Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 08-C-1429

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