CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A St. Albans woman blames a local urgent care facility for her husband's death and has filed a lawsuit in circuit court.
Joyce Minnich, the widow of Andrew Minnich, 71, alleges that injuries he suffered in a fall at the MedExpress Urgent Care in South Charleston led to his death.
Minnich took him there in January for an evaluation. The couple believed he might be coming down with pneumonia, but he fell in an exam room before he was seen by a medical staff member.
According to the complaint, Minnich was recovering from hip surgery and was feeling weak. He had recently stopped using a walker.
After taking a medical history, a staff member at MedExpress put the couple in an exam room, directed him to get up on the table and then left the room.
His weakened condition and his difficulty getting around was obvious, the widow said in the lawsuit.
In his attempt to get up onto that table, Andrew Minnich fell back and both he and his wife fell to the floor. She says she suffered a hematoma and a knot on her head and her husband received a hematoma, a brain bleed and a laceration to his arm.
Minnich also said in the complaint that the step on the exam table was not fully extended.