LOGAN — A Logan County patient is suing the county medical facility, alleging medical negligence.
Mark Damron filed a complaint in Logan Circuit Court against Logan General Hospital LLC, doing business as Logan Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Ziad Salem, alleging failure to properly diagnose the plaintiff's condition and continuing to prescribe a drug that resulted in an immunocompromised state of the patient.
According to the complaint, on Jan, 18, 2011, Damron was treated by Salem during his visit to Logan Regional Medical Center. Damron says he was diagnosed by Salem with Crohn's disease without the doctor performing a biopsy and prescribed with Adalimumab, an immuno-suppressive drug also known as Humira.
Despite the lack of pathologic findings to support Salem's diagnosis, the suit says, Damron's prolonged prescription of Humira has caused him to suffer six years of numerous hospitalizations for bowel abscesses and perforations. Damon says he ultimately had to undergo urgent surgery to remove a portion of his bowel to cure him of the diverticular disease.
The plaintiff alleges Logan Regional Medical Center and Salem failed to pathologically confirm Salem's clinical diagnosis of Crohn's disease prior to instituting or continuing a prolonged prescription of Humira.
Damron seeks trial by jury, judgment in an amount to be determined, pre- and post-judgment interest and all fair and just relief. He is represented by attorneys P. Gregory Haddad and Travis A. Prince of Bailey & Glasser LLP in Morgantown, and by Rodney Smith of Bailess Smith PLLC in Charleston.
Logan Circuit Court case number 18-C-209