NEW MARTINSVILLE — A Wetzel County man is suing local health care providers, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and death to his father.

Jeffrey Bates, administrator of the estate of Edward Mack Bates, filed a complaint Feb. 28 in Wetzel Circuit Court against Dr. Bill Apostolon, ERX Group, et al, alleging failure to properly diagnose and treat Edward Bates' medical condition.

According to the complaint, on March 1, 2017, Edward Bates received treatment from the defendants and was diagnosed with significant low diastolic blood pressure. As a result of the defendants' negligence, the suit says, Bates was found unresponsive March 2, 2017, and was pronounced dead on his front lawn. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants wrongfully discharged Edward Bates despite his demonstrating two life-threatening conditions, sepsis and acute alcohol withdrawal, and failed to admit Bates to the hospital for observation and treatment.

Bates seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest and all other just and fair relief. He is represented by attorneys P. Gregory Haddad and Travis A. Prince of Bailey & Glasser LLP in Morgantown, and by Eric M. Hayhurst of Hayhurst Law PLLC in Morgantown.

Wetzel Circuit Court case number 18-C-15

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