Cabell man alleges podiatrist conducted unnecessary surgery

By Lawrence Smith | Mar 12, 2010

WINFIELD - A Cabell County man is suing a Putnam County podiatrist for medical malpractice following damages the man alleges he incurred following unnecessary surgery to his feet.

Sidney Allen Jr. filed suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Feb. 22 against Dr. Seth Stinehour. In his suit, Allen, of Milton, alleges the limp he's suffered since 2008 could have been prevented by Stinehour offering him alternatives to surgery.

According to his suit, Allen came to Stinehour on Nov. 12, 2007 with complaints about his feet and heels. Stinehour diagnosed Allen's condition to be plantar facitis, an irritation and swelling of the thick tissue of the bottom of the foot.

Allen's suit does not specify what, if any, treatment Stinehour recommended. However, after he made a second visit to Stinehour with the same complaint on Jan. 7, 2008, Allen says Stinehour scheduled him for surgery a week later at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

In his suit, Allen alleges Stinehour "negligently, hastily and prematurely and without [his] informed consent...performed unnecessary surgery upon [his] heels and feet." Though Allen does not specify the nature of the surgery, he does say that Stinehour did it without first offering "any alternative conservative measures of treatment and without first performing any additional diagnostic procedures."

As a result of Stinehour's negligence, Allen alleges he's suffered, among other things, "great pain and discomfort...great mental and emotional anxiety, including humiliation [and] embarrassment and permanent impairment of his capacity to enjoy a natural and fruitful life" that includes a "permanent limp in his gait." In his suit, Allen specifies he's incurred $30,000 in medical expenses and $5,000 in lost wages.

Allen's wife, Jody, makes a claim for loss of consortium and is listed as co-plaintiff. They seek compensatory damages to cover Sidney's medical expenses and lost wages to date plus punitive damages, court costs and interest.

The Allens are represnted by Teays Valley attorney Frank M. Armada. The case is assigned to Judge O.C. "Hobby" Spaulding.

Putnam Circuit Court case number 10-C-71

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