Patient alleges Ohio Valley Medical Center failed to diagnose osteomyelitis

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 8, 2019

WHEELING – An Ohio man alleges he developed paraplegia after a medical center failed to timely diagnosis osteomyelitis.

Jay Smith filed a complaint in Ohio Circuit Court against Ohio Valley Medical Center Inc., Timothy Wilson D.O., Carlos Jimenez M.D., et al. alleging negligence.

The suit states that the plaintiff visited the emergency room of Ohio Valley Medical Center multiple times in 2016 and 2017 for complaints of back pain. He alleges at each visit, he was given inappropriate care or treatment and released from the facility's care without a proper diagnosis.

The suit states on Feb. 22, 2017, the plaintiff experienced weakness in each leg and collapsed. The plaintiff was transferred to Ohio Valley Medical Center, found to have osteomyelitis and was transferred via air to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where an emergency surgery was performed. 

The plaintiff alleges because of the osteomyelitis, he now has paraplegia.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs and a trial by jury. The plaintiff is represented by Christen M. Justice of Slocumb Law Firm LLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge David J. Sims.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 19-C-53

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