Man alleges Tug River Health Association discharged late mother without appropriate interventions

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 6, 2019

BLUEFIELD – A McDowell County resident alleges the misdiagnosis of his mother's condition by a federally funded clinic caused her death.

Antoinne Braxton, individually and as administrator of the estate of Linda Marie Braxton Jones, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against Tug River Health Association and Keisha Saunders FNPBC alleging negligence and other counts.

The suit states that Jones was evaluated by the defendants on Nov. 21, 2016, for complaints of a cold, difficulty breathing and wheezing. The suit states Jones was diagnosed with sinusitis and bronchitis and was treated with an antibiotic and nebulizer and was discharged.

The suit states Jones contacted 911 on Nov. 23, 2016, due to shortness of breath and went into cardiopulmonary arrest. The suit states Jones was found in ventricular fibrillation by emergency personnel and could not be revived. 

The plaintiff alleges Jones was "more likely than not suffering from an acute coronary syndrome" during her visit with the defendants and the defendants were negligent in discharging her without the appropriate interventions.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Amanda J. Taylor in Beckley.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 1:19-CV-00318

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