Patient says doctors' negligence resulted in needing an leg amputation

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 4, 2019

CHARLESTON — A patient is suing a podiatrist and a medical doctor, citing alleged negligence.

Richard L. Cooper filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Carrie A. Lakin, DPM and Ryan S. Cremeans, M.D., alleging they failed to adequately and appropriately assess his medical condition.

According to the complaint, Cooper alleges that between July 2016 and January 2017, he was under the care of the defendants. As a result of their negligent acts and omissions, his diabetic heel ulceration and infection worsened, which led to his below-the-knee amputation. The plaintiff holds Lakin and Ryan S. Cremeans responsible because they allegedly failed to prescribe proper medication, and they failed to adequately address his arterial perfusion and to properly recognize his worsening condition.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount to be determined by jury, costs, attorney's fees, interest and such other necessary and appropriate relief. He is represented by Mark A. Atkinson and John-Mark Atkinson of Atkinson and Polak PLLC in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 18-C-1456

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