Lawsuit filed against Garrard Hospital, others

November 06, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - A lawsuit has been filed against Garrard County Memorial Hospital and three other defendants in the wake of the death of a woman who received treatment there in Nov. 2002.

According the suit filed in Garrard Circuit Court, Dorothy Ledford died of asphyxiation on Nov. 3 of last year. The suit states that Ledford had been admitted to Garrard Hospital Nov. 2 because her tongue was swollen and she had difficulty swallowing and breathing.

The suit was filed by Donald Ledford of Lincoln County, executor of the estate of Dorothy Ledford. In addition to the hospital, other defendants named in the suit are Stephen M. Clancy, M.D., Marshall Emergency Services Associates, P.S.C., and nurse Matthew Boggs.

Dr. Clancy was working for Marshall Emergency Services Associates as the emergency room physician when Ledford was admitted, according to the suit. He is accused of administering treatment "in an unskilled, negligent, and unprofessional manner resulting in serious and disabling injuries which led to Dorothy Ledford's death by asphyxiation," the suit claims.


It also states that Ledford "suffered painful and severe injuries which resulted in her death and her estate sustained damages including medical and funeral expenses and loss of income."

Matthew Boggs was a nurse on duty when Ledford was treated and faces similar claims.

Donald Ledford seeks judgment against the defendants to recoup the loss of income to Ledford's estate, burial and funeral expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, a trial by jury and plaintiff's expenses.

Garrard hospital board chairman Leonard Smith said he hasn't read the suit, but that he has a "very strong view" on the facts.

"That matter will be turned over to our insurance carrier," Smith said.

Lawsuits only state the plaintiff's side of the story.

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