Patient alleges doctors failed to properly treat hand injury

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 11, 2017

BECKLEY — A patient is suing two doctors, alleging breach of duty in failing to treat a hand injury, resulting in permanent damage for the plaintiff.

Paris William Stewart Jr. filed a complaint March 22 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Dr. Syed Abdul Zahir and Dr. Andrew Landis, alleging they failed to exercise the degree of knowledge, skill and care as is ordinarily expected from a health care provider.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 8, 2014, Stewart sustained a crushed left hand in a mining accident. The plaintiff alleges he was given usual treatment for an open fracture but was advised to follow up with an orthopedist as soon as possible. 

When Stewart returned to work, the suit says, Stewart struggled to move his fingers due to deformity, pain, numbness of three fingers and weakness of grip of his left hand. 

As a result, Stewart says he suffered permanent injury, mental anguish and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Zahir and Landis failed to adequately appreciate the severity of the injury, failed to adequately treat, prevent and/or correct the displacement and failed to make a proper referral if they were unable to correctly treat the injury.

Stewart seeks trial by jury, damages, costs of suit, attorney fees, pre and post-judgement interest and all further relief the court deems appropriate. He is represented by attorney Timothy P. Lupardus of Pineville.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 17-C-16-D

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