CHARLESTON – A Putnam County woman says her doctor allegedly
misdiagnosed her stroke symptoms, leaving her with paralysis and brain damage.
Lori Folio filed a lawsuit April 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court
against Dr. Christopher Bowman and his employer, Dunbar Medical Associates
PLLC, alleging medical malpractice.
According to the complaint, Folio sought treatment from
Bowman on May 9, 2014, complaining of headache and nausea. Bowman allegedly
told the plaintiff she was suffering from a virus that would soon resolve. The suit
claims Folio, who has a history of hypertension, later texted Bowman about
feeling dizzy, but the defendant allegedly said he was not concerned and she should feel
better in a few days.
However, after Folio’s complaints of right-sided weakness
sent her to the emergency room of CAMC Teays Valley Hospital on May 18, 2014, the
suit says she was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke. As a result of her
illness, Folio claims she suffered right-sided paralysis, speech and language impairment,
and cognitive defects, some of which may be permanent.
Folio seeks a jury trial and compensatory damages, plus
interest and allowable fees. She is represented by attorney William S. Druckman
and Madonna C. Estep of the Law Offices of Druckman & Estep in Charleston.
Judge Jennifer F. Bailey is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-592