Untimely treatment of dog bite leads to med mal suit against PVH, physician

By Lawrence Smith | Oct 2, 2009


POINT PLEASANT - An Ohio woman is accusing a Mason County hospital, and one of its physicians of malpractice for failing to timely treat an injury she sustained from a dog bite.

Drema Ashley filed suit against Pleasant Valley Hospital and Dr. James Toothman in Mason Circuit Court on Aug. 18. In her complaint, Ashley alleges Toothman's improper treatment of a dog-bite wound two years ago led to amputation of one of her fingers.

According to court records, Ashley, 66, a Chesapeake, Ohio, resident, alleges she went to PVH's emergency room on Aug. 27 2007, seeking treatment for a dog bite to her left hand. The suit does not specify the breed of the dog, or the conditions that led to it biting Ashley.

Nevertheless, the suit maintains that Toothman attended to Ashley. Though she alleges his failure to "properly treat" the wound led to the "eventual amputation of [her] middle finger, the suit does not specify what actions Toothman, or PVH, failed to take or not take.

Regardless, Ashley alleges their actions led to her suffering "permanent injury including permanent disfigurement." This has caused her to suffer "emotional distress, annoyance, and inconvenience and the loss of ability to enjoy life" including "the loss of earnings and earning capacity."

Ashley is seeking unspecified damages, court costs and attorney fees. She is represented by J. Michael Ranson, Cynthia M. Ranson and George B. Morrone III with the Ranson Law Offices in Charleston.

The case is assigned to Judge David W. Nibert.

Mason Circuit Court, case number 09-C-90

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