Lawsuit against hospital, doctor over New Riegel man’s death settled

A case filed by the family of a New Riegel man who died in March 2017 against Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and a doctor has been settled.

Abigail Jenkins, widow of Timothy Jenkins and administrator of his estate, sued Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital LLC, Mercy Emergency Care Services Inc. and Dr. Christopher Davis.

Court costs are to be split evenly and assessed 50 percent against Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital LLC and 50 percent against Mercy Emergency Care Services Inc. and Davis, according to court records.

The lawsuit states Timothy Jenkins went to the hospital’s emergency department with severe chest pain and shortness of breath. He was treated and placed under the care of Davis, who ordered tests.

Jenkins had been discharged to go home with prescriptions and instructions to follow up with a primary care physician, the lawsuit states.

His family found him unresponsive in the bathroom, and he was transported back to the hospital. Resuscitation efforts were stopped, and he was pronounced dead at 7:24 p.m., the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit alleged that Davis was negligent in failing to read and/or properly interpret results of an EKG study, to diagnose Timothy Jenkins’ cardiac condition, to admit him into the hospital for treatment and observation, and to appropriately monitor and treat his condition to prevent a severe cardiac event.