WAYNE – A couple is suing Pleasant Valley Hospital after they claim the hospital and three of its agents failed to properly care for an infection.
Drs. Daniel R. Trent and Deron John Hammack; and Christi Perry were also named as defendants in the suit.
On Feb. 27, 2015, Danny Weiss was transported by the Mason County EMS Service to Pleasant Valley Hospital’s facility in Mason County, according to a complaint filed in Wayne Circuit Court.
Weiss claims while being seen at the hospital’s emergency department, he was or should have been provided medical services by various medical personnel, including Trent, Hammack and Perry.
At the time he was seen at the hospital, Weiss displayed classic signs of an infection with his left foot, which was caused by a puncture wound approximately one week prior to his presentation at the hospital, according to the suit.
Weiss claims he was diagnosed with a food wound, the wound was cultured and he was prescribed an antibiotic.
The purpose of culturing the wound was to determine the type of organism that was causing his infection so that medical personnel could determine, among other things, whether the antibiotic he was prescribed was effective in treating that organism, according to the suit.
Weiss claims the final culture results for his foot wound were received by the hospital on March 1, 2015, showing the organism being grown was resistant to the antibiotics he had been placed on and, despite that information, the defendants failed to contact Weiss to inform him that the antibiotic he was on was not or may not have been effective to treat the infection.
On March 8, 2015, Weiss’ condition deteriorated and he was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, where he was evaluated and the examination noted that his foot was red, very edematous, with wounds over the medial aspect of the foot draining purulent material, according to the suit.
Weiss claims St. Mary’s employees revealed the same organism as was cultured by Pleasant Valley.
The failure of Pleasant Valley to not have in effect and implement rules, regulations, policies, procedures and protocols to assure that cultures and lab results that are reported back after a patient is discharged from its emergency room are reviewed to verify patients are actually receiving the appropriate care violated the applicable standard of care, according to the suit.
Weiss and his wife, Melanie Weiss, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Arden J. Curry II of Pauley Curry PLLC.
Wayne Circuit Court case number: 16-C-111