BECKLEY — A personal representative of a deceased woman's estate is suing Appalachian Regional Healthcare Inc. d/b/a Beckey Appalachian Regional Hospital, and hospital administrator Rocco Massey in a wrongful death suit alleging negligence in hospital care.

James Oaks, as personal representative of the estate of his spouse, Patricia Oaks, filed a complaint on June 30 in Raleigh Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that they failed to implement appropriate policies and procedures to maintain the well-being and health of Patricia Oaks.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between May 28, 2014 and June 9, 2014, Patricia Oaks was a patient at the defendants' facility when she suffered injuries that ultimately contributed to her death. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide a safe environment, intentionally understaffed the facility for financial gain and negligently hired, retained, trained and supervised their employees who cared for Patricia Oaks.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for damages allowed by law, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and any other relief the court sees fit to award. He is represented by Andrew L. Paternostro, Jeff D. Stewart and Shayla M. Rigsby of The Bell Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 16-C-428

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