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Woman claims Wayne Memorial, nurse practitioner's delay in her shingles treatment caused worsening of hearing loss

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Oct 30, 2019

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SCRANTON – A Waymart woman alleges that Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and a nurse practitioner there failed to properly treat her shingles, which resulted in her continued hearing loss. 

According to the Oct. 15 filing in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, plaintiffs Jane and Michael Farrell filed suit against the defendants Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and Jessica Gianetta, CRNP alleging direct negligence.

In October 2017, Jane Farrell alleges she was treated with antiviral medication for shingles at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers' Highland Physicians location, but still suffered from hearing loss a few weeks later. After getting a second opinion from an ENT-otolaryngologist, she alleges she was told the physician's ability to treat her hearing loss "was prejudiced" due to a delay in initial treatment. 

"The injuries and damages suffered by Jane Farrell were preventable, resulting from improper care management that was caused solely and exclusively by the negligence and recklessness of defendants, their agents, servants and/or employees, and were due in no manner to any act or failure to act on the part of plaintiff," the plaintiffs' state in their suit. 

The plaintiffs seek damages of more than $75,000. The plaintiffs are represented by Michael Foley and Terrence Nealon Jr. of the Foley Law Firm.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 3:19-cv-01786

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