Settlement Approved In Geisinger Wrongful Death Suit

December 5, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge on Tuesday signed off on a half-million-dollar settlement brought in a wrongful death suit against Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Judge David W. Lupas approved the $525,000 settlement between the Plains Twp. hospital and the estate of 79-year-old Beverly Marlatt, who died Sept. 12, 2017.

According to a petition filed by attorney Patrick J. Doyle Jr. of the Anzalone Law Offices, Marlatt was taken to the hospital on March 28, 2017, due to generalized weakness and difficulty walking.

The petition said Marlatt remained in a bed in the emergency department for about

29 hours without receiving care for incontinence. When she was admitted into the hospital on March 29, 2017, nursing staff noted a new pressure sore on Marlatt’s buttocks that worsened to the point a plastic surgeon needed to remove the damaged tissue, the petition said.

In the weeks and months following her discharge, Marlatt required additional surgical procedures as a result of the sore, according to the petition. Marlatt eventually died in hospice care on Sept. 12, 2017, with the petition citing the pressure sore she developed at Geisinger as a contributing factor in her death.

Doyle wrote in the filing that the parties had reached the “amicable settlement” of $525,000. The law firm gets 40 percent of the settlement plus $4,235 in litigation costs, and the settlement is also subject to $111,731 in medical liens, the petition said.

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