Daughters claim hospital neglect killed father

By Justin Anderson | Mar 9, 2009

HUNTINGTON -- Two Fayette County women are suing a Huntington hospital, its foundation and its parent company because they say their father was mistreated while a patient and died as a result.

Karen Price and Sharon Hayslett, daughters of the late Eddie Marshall, are suing St. Mary's Medical Center, St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation and Pollotine Health Services in Cabell Circuit Court.

The women say their father was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 6 and fell the same day, breaking his arm and pelvis. They claim the hospital did nothing to prevent this from happening.

Their father's skin later started to "break down" and he suffered from pressure ulcers during his stay at the hospital. They say their father was also malnourished and lost weight.

Their lawsuit claims that hospital staff did nothing to prevent or treat the skin problems and failed to monitor their father for his weight loss.

Marshall died on Feb. 14, 2007.

"The negligence and carelessness of the professionals and non-professionals at St. Mary's Medical Center contributed substantially in causing serious injuries to Mr. Marshall, resulting in pain, suffering and ultimately his death," the complaint says.

The plaintiffs are seeking various damages, including medical and funeral expenses, legal fees and damages for pain and suffering and loss of companionship and guidance because of the loss of their father.

Lawyer Erin L. Winter is representing the plaintiffs. Cabell Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead will hear the case.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 09-C-66

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