CHARLESTON -- A man is suing Eye & Ear Clinic Physicians after he claims it is responsible for his wife's death.

Dr. Robert E. Pollard was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Prior to Nov. 24, 2009, Melissa Dawn Leach became a patient of the defendants, according to a complaint filed Jan. 17 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Kevin Wesley Leach claims while Pollard was performing a tonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and bilateral partial inferior turbinectomy, he deviated from the standard of care and failed to take the appropriate steps to prevent her subsequent death.

As a result of the defendants' negligence, carelessness, recklessness and deviation from the normal standard of care, Melissa Dawn Leach incurred expenses for medicines, hospitalizations, doctors' bills and other medical care and attention, according to the suit.

Kevin Leach is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by William S. Druckman and Madonna C. Estep.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-109




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