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Some claims dropped in hospital suit

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By Calen McKinney

Some of the claims made by a Campbellsville woman who said she was injured while being treated at Taylor Regional Hospital have been dismissed.

Louisville attorneys Lea Player, Douglas Morris and William McMurry filed a complaint in Taylor Circuit Court on Oct. 21, 2011, on behalf of Javonna Smith, who claims she received a severe radiation injury while at TRH.

Those listed as defendants are:

• Taylor County Hospital District Health Facilities Corp. dba Taylor Regional Hospital of Campbellsville

• Dr. Maura L. Campbell of Lascassas, Tenn.

• Weatherby Locums Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

• Dr. Igor G. Rayevsky of Cherry Hill, N.J.

• Comphealth Associates Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah

• CHG Companies Inc. dba Comphealth dba Weatherby Locums Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah

• CHG Medical Staffing Inc. dba Comphealth Medical Staffing of Salt Lake City

• CHG Management Inc. dba Comphealth Credentialing of Salt Lake City

• Dr. Moataz N. El-Ghamry of Louisville

• Dr. Matthew M. Harkenrider of Louisville

• University Radiotherapy Associates PSC of Louisville

• Bluegrass Radiation Oncology LLC of Louisville

• University Medical Center Inc. dba James Graham Brown Cancer Center dba James Graham Brown Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital of Louisville

• Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare Inc. dba Jewish Hospital Health Network of Louisville

Last Tuesday, an agreed order was entered dismissing the claims against Jewish Hospital. According to the order, if a jury hears the case, there can be no suggestion or argument made that Jewish was at fault in the case.

There are no upcoming court dates in the case, and, according to court records, it hasn't yet been set for trial.

In her complaint, Smith states she saw the various doctors from Oct. 14, 2010, to Nov. 29, 2010, for treatment.

Beginning Oct. 20, 2010, she states, she underwent radiation therapy at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital, where Campbell, Rayevsky, El-Ghamry and Harkenrider were responsible for her care.

As a result of the doctors' negligence, Smith alleges, she suffered a severe radiation injury for which she has undergone, and will continue to undergo, treatment.

She is asking for past and future medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of her life and an impairment of her ability to work. Smith is also asking for punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs and a trial by jury.

The defendants have filed answers to Smith's complaint, stating that they aren't at fault, that they provided the standard of care expected and ask for the claim to be dismissed.