Physician sues hospital, DHHR, others for wrongful termination

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 18, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A physician is suing the West Virgina Department of Health and Human Resources, Welch Emergency Hospital, Daniel & Yeager Inc. and two individuals after he claims he was wrongfully terminated from his employment.

Dr. Majester Abdul-Jalil, a general practice physician, had medical staff privileges in pediatrics and internal medicine at Welch Emergency Hospital, according to a complaint filed Jan. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Abdul-Jalil claims during his eight years of practice he was never sued for medical malpractice, disciplined for unprofessional behavior or had his hospital privileges revoked.

Abdul-Jalil's employment contract with Daniel & Yeager called for him to serve on a month-to-month basis, according to the suit.

Between August 2006 and January 2008, Welch Community Hospital recruited Abdul-Jalil to enter into a more permanent agreement to provide services at the hospital as an independent contract physician, according to the suit. Abdul-Jalil claims they never reached an agreement.

Abdul-Jalil claims on Dec. 27, 2007, he was involved in a verbal dispute with another physician over the proper course of treatment for a patient. A registered nurse, Peggy Miller, informed Abdul-Jalil that he was to leave the premise of the hospital.

The other physician was not asked to leave the hospital, according to the suit. Abdul-Jalil claims he met privately with Walter Garret, CEO of the hospital, who told him he was not to return to the hospital until he was notified.

Abdul-Jalil claims no one has since contacted him and his privileges were later revoked from the hospital.

Abdul-Jalil is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by Trent A. Redman and Michael D. Payne.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-0153

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