WILKES-BARRE — The family of a 26-year-old mother of two who died of a brain hemorrhage has filed a medical malpractice suit against Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and related organizations, alleging a series of “collective failures” that ended in death.
According to the suit, Jessica Gensel, of Beach Haven, died April 1, 2013, after a blood clot went undiagnosed and was allowed to progress for four days because a head CT scan taken at Berwick Hospital on March 19, 2013, was misread by an off-site radiologist working for an Ohio-based company, who is named as a defendant.
The suit was brought by Gensel’s mother, Alane Cragle of Beach Haven, who is represented by Ross Feller Casey LLP of Philadelphia.
On March 22, Gensel went to Geisinger’s emergency department, “where no diagnostic testing was performed,” the suit says, even though a head CT scan was ordered and then canceled, as Gensel displayed “progressive neurogolical deficits.”
Suffering further, Gensel went to Geisinger Danville the next day, and ultimately was admitted. While a blood clot in her brain was diagnosed, she was sent home on March 26 despite continuing symptoms, the suit maintains.
The suit alleges Gensel was discharged only under the supervision of clinic case managers and pharmacists — not doctors — and that those overseeing Gensel’s case failed to take appropriate action despite progressively worse symptoms. She suffered a severe hemorrhage and died April 1.
Cragle’s suit alleges three counts of negligence and one count each of corporate negligence, wrongful death and damages under the survival act, seeking a minimum of $50,000 plus interest and costs on each count, totalling at least $300,000.
The suit was filed in Luzerne County Court, and the plaintiff seeks a jury trial in the case.