Medical negligence caused suffering and early death, estate claims in lawsuit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 4, 2019

LOGAN — An estate administrator is suing a nursing home and a medical facility, citing alleged negligence and wrongful death.

Melissa A. Runyon filed a complaint in Logan Circuit Court against Logan General Hospital LLC d/b/a Logan Regional Medical Center and Trinity Health Care Services of Logan Inc. d/b/a Trinity Healthcare Services of Logan, alleging that they breached the professional standard of care and treatment.

According to the complaint, Melissa Runyon alleges that beginning Sept. 12, 2016, the decedent, Elva Ray Runyon, was under the care of Trinity's facility as a resident but was presented to Logan's medical facility on several occasions. The negligence of both defendants in the care, management and treatment of the decedent caused serious injuries, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, aggravation of existing diseases and incurred medical expenses, and contributed to his death on Feb. 28, 2018. 

The plaintiff holds Logan General Hospital LLC d/b/a Logan Regional Medical Center and Trinity Health Care Services of Logan Inc. d/b/a Trinity Healthcare Services of Logan responsible because they allegedly failed to provide proper preventive measures to protect the decedent from the effects of worsening pressure, failed to inform family members of his health status, failed to employ adequate staff and failed to properly supervise resident/patient.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for damages, plus attorney's fees, costs, punitive damages, and others that the court sees fit. She is represented by Jeff D. Stewart, Andrew L. Paternostro and S. Andrew Stonestreet of Stewart / Bell PLLC in Charleston.

Logan Circuit Court Case number 18-C-251

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