CHARLESTON – A woman claims that a doctor's missed diagnosis resulted in a woman's death.
Barbara Sampson, as administratrix for the estate of Linda Kay Lucas, filed a lawsuit June 26 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Roger Edwards, D.O.
Sampson claims that Lucas went to a Charleston Area Medical Center hospital emergency room on Jan. 10 complaining of shortness of breath and flu-like symptoms.
According to the complaint, Edwards diagnosed Lucas with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthmatic bronchitis and discharged her on the same day, advising Lucas to follow-up with her primary care physician in one week.
The complaint says Lucas died two days later of a heart attack. The lawsuit blames Edwards for failing to diagnose Lucas for pulmonary emboli, which contributed to her death.
Sampson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Richard D. Lindsay is representing the plaintiff. The case is before Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 09-C-1172