Ambulance service worker blames multiple defendants for injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 25, 2017

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing Charleston medical care providers, alleging their negligence led to injuries to the plaintiff. 

CHARLESTON — A Kanawha County woman is suing Charleston medical care providers, alleging their negligence led to injuries to the plaintiff. 

Terri Kay Smith filed a complaint Dec. 29 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Charleston Area Medical Center Inc., Karen L. Bowling, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the department itself, alleging failure to provide a safe workplace and environment.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 31, 2014, as a result of the defendants' negligence, Smith was seriously injured while lifting an obese patine she was required to transport from the Charleston Area Medical Center. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide sufficient staff and other resources to safely lift the obese patient.

Smith seeks trial by jury, judgment in an amount exceeding the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court, plus all interest, punitive damages and costs of court. She is represented by attorney Timothy A. Bradford of Bradford Law Offices in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-c-1933

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