Virginia Doctor and Health Clinics Face $2.35 Million Lawsuit for Alleged Medical Negligence
Written by: Sam Orlando
In a recent legal development, Robert Britton, Administrator of the Estate of Debra Wylene Young, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia against Dr. Joshua Adam Yeary and two health clinics, seeking damages totaling $2.35 million. The lawsuit alleges medical negligence leading to the death of Debra Wylene Young.
Robert Britton, acting as the Administrator and surviving heir of Debra Wylene Young, asserts that the defendants, including Stone Mountain Health Services, Incorporated d/b/a Jonesville Family Health Center and Western Lee County Health Clinic Incorporated, were involved in a series of negligent acts. The complaint, filed by attorney Jeffery L. Elkins, claims that these actions were in direct violation of the standard medical care expected and ultimately led to Young's untimely death.
The lawsuit specifically points to Dr. Yeary’s handling of Young's medical condition. Young, who had been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, was under Dr. Yeary’s care and prescribed the blood thinner Warfarin. The complaint alleges that Dr. Yeary failed to appropriately monitor Young’s INR levels, crucial for patients on Warfarin, despite several instances of her levels being supratherapeutic.
According to the complaint, Young was admitted to the hospital in May 2019 with a supratherapeutic INR level, yet Dr. Yeary allegedly did not order any tests to determine her INR levels following this hospitalization. The complaint further alleges continuous prescription of Warfarin without adequate monitoring, ultimately leading to Young being admitted to Fort Sanders Hospital with a critically high INR level in August 2020. She passed away on September 3, 2020, with the cause of death including complications from supratherapeutic INR levels.
The plaintiff seeks $2 million in compensatory damages for pain, suffering, and various expenses, in addition to $350,000 in punitive damages. The lawsuit emphasizes the alleged willful and wanton conduct and recklessness of the defendants, as evidenced by a conscious disregard for Young’s safety.