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Clarksburg man whose foot was injured by 1,000-pound pipe claims MedExpress Urgent Care failed to diagnose fractures

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By Marian Johns | Aug 9, 2019

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WHEELING – A Clarksburg man who suffered a work-related injury after a 1,000-pound pipe fell on his foot and his wife have filed a medical malpractice suit against MedExpress Urgent Care claiming the doctors were negligent in his initial treatment. 

According to a filing in Ohio Circuit Court, plaintiffs Danny and Crystal Pumphrey filed suit against defendant MedExpress Urgent Care Inc. - West Virginia alleging medical malpractice.

The suit states in February 2017 after being injured on the job when the pipe fell on his foot, Danny Pumphrey sought medical treatment at MedExpress Urgent Care. The suit states Pumphrey's wound was then closed and an X-ray was taken that showed no fractures, according to the suit. The plaintiffs allege the doctor attending to Pumphrey instructed him to take ibuprofen and keep his foot elevated. 

A few days later, the suit states Pumphrey returned to MedExpress for a follow-up and was suffering from swelling, pain, numbness and drainage coming from the cut on his foot. After undergoing another X-ray, Pumphrey was given an antibiotic, told to apply ice and given a note for modified work duty for five days. 

The plaintiffs allege in April 2017, Danny Pumphrey sought the opinions of other physicians and learned he had undiagnosed and untreated fractures in his foot and had developed complex regional pain syndrome.

Pumphrey claims the MedExpress doctors were negligent for not doing an MRI and for not instructing him to only do "modified" work rather than stay completely off his foot, which the plaintiffs allege caused additional injury and slow healing. 

The plaintiffs seek compensation for their injuries and losses as well as legal costs and attorney fees. They are represented by Kelly R. Reed of the Law Offices of Kelly R. Reed in Morgantown.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Ronald Wilson.

Ohio Circuit Court case number 19-c-135

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