MOUNDSVILLE – A Moundsville woman is suing Wood Health Care Clinic after she claims it was negligent in its care of her.
Dr. Gregory Wood and Duane Bartsch, a physician's assistant, were also named as defendants in the suit.
On May 19, 2014, Tracy L. Omear presented to Wood Health Care Clinic with a pulse of 120, a blood pressure reading of 130/88 and complaints of back pain, according to a complaint filed in Marshall Circuit Court.
Omear claims during the visit, Robert Potts diagnosed her as suffering from thoracic pain and administered a Kenalog and Decadron injection and his outpatient plan of care included prescriptions for Naprosyn and Flexeril and instructions for rest, ice, compression and elevation, followed by warm compresses.
On June 11, 2014, Omear returned with continued complaints of thoracic pain and muscle spasms and her pulse was 120 and her blood pressure was 144/92. At this visit, Omear stated that the medications and therapy were not relieving her right sided thoracic pain, according to the suit.
Omear claims Kelly Truex diagnosed her with a thoracic sprain/strain and administered a Kenalog and Decadron injection. She also gave her prescriptions for Vicodin, Robaxin and Zestoretic and advised her to apply moist heat and not to lift anything.
On June 19, 2014, Omear returned with continued complaints of thoracic pain, which now included a spasm in her upper right arms and right trapezoid and was evaluated by Bartsch, according to the suit.
Omear claims she informed Bartsch that she suffered from burning and aching discomfort that woke her up from a sound sleep the night before and Bartsch diagnosed her with radiculopathy arm, atypical chest pains, anxiety/depression and hypertension HTN.
The defendants ran an EKG on Omear, which Bartsch interpreted as showing a left bundle branch block and she was discharged to go home, according to the suit.
Omear claims later that day she collapsed and was taken to Reynolds Memorial Hospital, unresponsive and in cardiorespiratory arrest.
A follow-up EKG showed an acute MI and Omear was transferred to Wheeling Hospital in critical condition, according to the suit.
Omear claims the defendants breached their duties to her by failing to possess the knowledge ordinarily possessed by reasonable, prudent physicians.
The defendants also failed to consider a cardiac etiology for Omear's complaints and failed to immediately refer her to a cardiologist, according to the suit.
Omear is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Geoffrey C. Brown of Bordas & Bordas.
Marshall Circuit Court case number: 15-C-116