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Woman accuses surgeon of malpractice

By Thomas Kallies | Nov 15, 2013


BECKLEY - Debra Paynter filed suit in the Raleigh County Circuit Court on Oct. 28, naming Matthew K. Nelson M.D., as the defendant.

According to Paynter, she underwent a full knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Nelson on Nov. 7, 2011.

Paynter claims Dr. Nelson used a 22 mm polyethylene insert, when he should have used one which was between 8-12 mm. Paynter believes Dr. Nelson removed too much bone from her distal femur and/or her proximal tibia necessitating the larger insert.

Paynter goes on to say she saw Dr. Nelson on Dec. 22, 2011, and complained of severe pain but Dr. Nelson failed to diagnose or treat her pain. Paynter claims she saw Dr. Nelson again on Jan. 25, 2012, when an x-ray was taken which showed a disassembly of the femoral components and recorded the need for immediate surgery because Paynter had a femoral fracture.

Paynter is accusing Dr. Nelson of medical malpractice and hopes to recover damages for the pain she allegedly suffered from the events.

Paynter is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages. She is being represented by Larry O. Ford and P. Gregory Haddad.

Circuit Court of Raleigh County Case No. 13-C-896

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