Patient alleges foreign object was left in body after surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON – An Ohio man alleges a foreign body was left in his chest after a procedure at a Cabell County hospital.

Royce D. Geer filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against St. Mary's Medical Center Inc. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Geer alleges that in April 12, 2016, he presented to the defendant's facility with complaints of shortness of breath and chest pain and underwent a left-sided video-assisted thoracoscopy. The suit states after the surgery he experienced pain and swelling in his chest and it was determined that a Bovie scratch pad was left in his body. He had it removed in December 2016, the suit states.

The plaintiff holds St Mary's Medical Center Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to ensure all surgical material utilized during the procedure were properly removed and failed to inform him of the foreign body.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks sums as will fairly and fully compensate plaintiff for the injuries, losses and damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney's fees; costs and all further relief that the court deems just under the circumstances. He is represented by Robert B. Warner and Andrew D. Byrd of Warner Law Offices PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 18-C-302

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