CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County couple is suing a physician they claim failed to treat and diagnose cancer.

On April 24, 2008, Peggy Raines complained to Dr. Thompson E. Pearcy about inflammation, rash, lesion and/or discomfort in or around her external genitalia, according to a complaint filed Sept. 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Raines claims she made the same complaints in subsequent visits with Pearcy and in October 2009, she discovered a lump in her right inguinal region.

In December 2009, an inguinal lymph node biopsy revealed poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, according to the suit.

Raines claims Pearcy failed to properly and/or timely diagnose or otherwise investigate her for squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva.

Pearcy also failed to properly and/or timely refer Raines to the appropriate specialist for investigation of squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva and was otherwise negligent, according to the suit.

Raines claims Pearcy acted negligently, carelessly, willfully and wantonly or with a reckless disregard of risk of harm and caused her injury.

Raines and her husband, Gary Raines, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Matthew C. Lindsay and Richard D. Lindsay.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-1722

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