Couple sues MSHA

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton couple has filed a lawsuit against Mountain States Health Alliance and a Johnson City doctor because they claim one of them received improper treatment for a broken arm last year.
   Filed in Carter County Circuit Court on Monday, plaintiffs Curtis and Peggy Emmert are seeking $750,000 against Sycamore Shoals Hospital and Michael Barwick, M.D. The suit alleges negligence against both defendants regarding medical care Curtis Emmert received after injuring his wrist on Jan. 24, 2003.
   According to the lawsuit, Emmert injured his wrist when he fell on a patch of ice outside his home. He was taken to the emergency department of Sycamore Shoals Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken bone in his left arm. Barwick performed a closed reduction of the fracture and applied a splint to the arm, according to the lawsuit. Emmert was later discharged from the emergency department.
   The lawsuit says Barwick never obtained "appropriate reduction" of Curtis Emmert's left arm and placed the arm in a split where the fracture remained "unstable". The suit alleges negligence on behalf of the defendants resulted in Emmert's "loss of meaningful use of his left hand and wrist" and has resulted in substantial medical costs to the plaintiffs.
   The lawsuit seeks $750,000 in damages and a jury to try the case. Attorney Olen G. Hayes of Johnson City filed the suit on behalf of the Emmerts.