West Virginia News
$3M Settlement Reached in King Suits
The state of West Virginia’s medical malpractice insurer reportedly settled the cases of five former patients for $3 million.
All five medical malpractice settlements involved suits filed against a doctor from the Putnam General Hospital.
Doctor Accused of Malpractice
Dr. John A. King, an osteopathic physician in West Virginia, has acquired more than 124 lawsuits against him between November 2002 and June 2003.
The medical malpractice suits were all filed by former patients who claimed various forms of wrongdoing in surgeries he performed at Putnam General.
Patients Receive Compensation
The five suits settled this week were filed by Philip and Andrea Fortner, Cynthia Reed, Regina Bird, Pam McGrew and Cecil Carter.
The $3 million is supposedly going to be divided amongst the five former patients into five $600,000 settlements.
“These are good faith settlements,” says Jeffrey Wakefield, an attorney for the insurance company who settled the case, West Virginia Mutual Insurance.
This recent settlement will mark the 18th publicly disclosed medical malpractice settlement reached against King.
(Source: The Gazette)
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