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Parents say negligence led to child's vegetative state

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 11, 2016

Medical malpractice 04

WINFIELD — The parents of a minor child are suing Stallamb PLLC d/b/a Teays Pediatrics, Ann Lambernedis, M.D., and the Marshall University Board of Governors, medical care providers, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Tabatha and Karle Griffith, parents and natural guardians of Gabriel Griffith, filed a complaint on June 21 in Putnam Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they deviated from the applicable standards of care in care provided to Gabriel Griffith on Dec. 13, 2010 and thereafter.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Gabriel Griffith was caused to suffer a cardiac arrest resulting in significant and permanent hypoxic injury, leaving him in vegetative state. The plaintiffs allege injuries including but not limited to medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, annoyance, embarrassment, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of guidance and companionship. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible for allegedly negligently failing to timely diagnose and treat Gabriel Griffith's symptoms of supraventicular tachycardia, a condition caused by cardiac abnormality, and negligently failing to timely intubate him.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against the defendants jointly and severally for compensatory damages as allowed under the Medical Professional Liability Act and West Virginia law, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs, expenses and such other relief to which they may be entitled. They are represented by Richard D. Lindsay of Tabor Linsay & Associates in Charleston.

Putnam Circuit Court Case number 16-C-146

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