PRINCETON – A patient alleges she contracted an infection because she was exposed to an unsterile environment during her surgery.

Elizabeth Musick filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against Princeton Community Hospital Association Inc. and Robert C. Pennington MD alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 11, 2015, she underwent total knee arthroplasty with defendants. As a result of defendants' alleged negligence, she claims she contracted a left prosthetic mycobacterium knee infection and was forced to endure numerous surgeries and several hospital admissions.

The plaintiff holds Princeton Community Hospital Association Inc. and Pennington responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to use appropriate sterilization techniques before, during and after her total knee arthroplasty and failed to inform her medical providers about the infection.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other fair and just relief. She is represented by Mark R. Staun of Hartley Law Group PLLC in Wheeling and Russell A. Williams of Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Derek C. Swope.

Mercer Circuit Court case number 17-C-429

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