BECKLEY – A couple is suing Raleigh General Hospital after they claim it failed to timely and properly diagnose a stroke.
Drs. Wadih Kabbara and James Bryan Knopp were also named as defendants in the suit.
On Dec. 21, 2014, Ellen Raye presented to the emergency department with complaints of syncope at home; right sided weakness in her arm and leg; and dizziness, according to a complaint filed Jan. 11 in Raleigh Circuit Court.
Raye claims she was having slurred speak and had a family history of stroke and was diagnosed at the emergency department with transient ischemic attack and she received no treatment.
In the early morning hours, she suffered another stroke and was ultimately diagnosed with an acute cerebral accident, right sided with right-sided hemiparesis, according to the suit.
Raye claims she experienced a major stroke and has been left with paralysis of her right side and difficulty in speaking and was transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center for further treatment.
The defendants failed to timely, properly and adequately evaluate, treat and/or refer Raye for symptoms of stroke, which caused her to sustain permanent neurological injury, according to the suit.
Raye claims the defendants acted negligently, carelessly, willfully and wantonly or with a reckless disregard of risk of harm to her.
The defendants’ negligence caused Raye to sustain permanent neurological injury, according to the suit.
Raye and her husband, Claude Raye, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Richard D. Lindsay and Stacy A. Jacques of Tabor Lindsay & Associates.
Raleigh Circuit Court case number: 17-C-25