CHARLESTON — A Charleston surgeon is suing Charleston Area Medical Center after he says he was injured on hospital property.
Dr. Edmundo E. Figueroa alleges was lawfully on the premises of CAMC Memorial, fourth floor west, when he slipped and fell in a liquid that had accumulated on the ground, according to a complaint filed June 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Figueroa alleges the danger of the liquid was not obvious and not reasonably apparent to him until after he slipped and fell.
The suit says the plaintiff had surgical privileges at CAMC and used the surgical suites of CAMC Memorial Hospital to operate on his patients. He has had surgical privileges at the hospital for more than a dozen years, the suit says.
CAMC also owns and operates CAMC Memorial Hospital
CAMC failed to warn Figueroa of the slippery substance and and should have known that the substance was there and warned him to prevent his injuries, the suit says.
Figueroa says he suffered a torn, retracted subscapularis tendon tear on his right shoulder with a supraspinatus tendon tear and now has numbness in his right hand.
CAMC's negligence caused Figueroa to need significant medical treatment and he was forced to close his medical office, the suit says. Figueroa says he has suffered a loss of enjoyment of life because of the injuries he sustained from the fall.
Figueroa is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon who has been associated with several hospitals in the Charleston area along with CAMC, including St. Francis Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital. He has been practicing for more than 20 years.
Figueroa seeks compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is represented by attorney Joseph L. Amos Jr. of Miller and Amos in Charleston.
The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 18-C-774