WINCHESTER — A doctor and nurse at Winchester Medical Center are defendants in a lawsuit in which an all-terrain vehicle crash victim says she was prescribed medication that caused internal bleeding in her spleen after her discharge, rendering her a paraplegic.
In a malpractice lawsuit filed Thursday in Winchester Circuit Court, Michelle Singleton is seeking $10 million in damages. The suit names Dr. Terral C. Goode, nurse practitioner Lee G. Staley, Winchester Medical Center and its parent company Valley Health System.
“The medications prescribed by defendants exposed Ms. Singleton to an unacceptable risk of internal bleeding, a risk made even worse by leaving her spleen in place and discharging her from the constant monitoring provided in a hospital setting,” attorney Peter C. Burnett stated in the suit. “Ms. Singleton seeks fair compensation to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law for her harms and losses caused by the malpractice and negligence of the defendants, their employees and their agents.”
Burnett said in an email on Tuesday that Singleton crashed in West Virginia while driving the ATV. She was hospitalized at WMC on June 10, 2017, and diagnosed with a dislocated left hip, multiple fractured ribs and several lacerations to her spleen.
Surgery reduced Singleton’s hip and by June 15, 2017, she was able to move 100 feet with help from a walker, according to the suit. She was discharged the next day and prescribed apixaban — an anticoagulant to prevent blood clots whose brand name is Eliquis — and ibuprofen.
On June 19, Singleton was hospitalized at WellSpan York Hospital in York, Pa., due to “catastrophic and life-altering injuries” from her spleen hemorrhaging, according to the suit. Burnett said it was due to the combination of apixaban and ibuprofen.
In the email, Burnett said since regaining consciousness, the 51-year-old Singleton has experienced “consistent, significant physical limitations” to her arms and legs and only has limited use of her right hand, which is her best functioning extremity. Singleton lives in a nursing home in York County in Pennsylvania. “While she continues to undergo therapy, her condition is not expected to improve,” Burnett wrote.
Hospital spokeswoman Carol S. Weare said in an email on Tuesday that the hospital has been working with Burnett and Singleton to “understand her concerns” and will continue to do so. “Out of respect for Ms. Singleton’s privacy, we are unable to comment further,” Weare said.