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Estate alleges negligence of MedExpress, doctor led to woman's death

State Court

By Carrie Bradon | Sep 6, 2019

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CHARLESTON – A North Carolina woman alleges the negligence of a Fayetteville clinic contributed to the death of her decedent.

Hali J. Haas, administratrix of the estate of Debra Lynn Simmons, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Shannon Murrell PA-C and MedExpress Urgent Care Inc. - West Virginia alleging medical malpractice.

The suit states that Simmons went to the MedExpress in Fayetteville on Jan. 24, 2018, for complaints of cough and fatigue and was examined by Murrell. The suit states Simmons tested positive for influenza and was given medication.

The suit states Simmons went to the Raleigh General Hospital Emergency Department on Jan. 26, 2018, and was diagnosed with sepsis and methicillin resistant staphylococcal aureus and dual pneumonia. The suit states Simmons died Jan. 28, 2018.

The plaintiff alleges Murrell negligently and improperly treated Simmons and that MedExpress is liable for her actions as it is Murrell's employer.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Alex McLaughlin and Benjamin D. Adams of Calwell, Luce DiTrapano PLLC in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Judge Louis Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-736

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