WV JUDGE SEALS RECORDS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS
I thought we enjoyed an open judicial system in America. Maybe I was wrong!
Legal documents in the numerous lawsuits filed against a former Putnam County General Hospital osteopath have been placed off limits by a West Virginia judge overseeing the cases. The Putnam County Circuit Judge ordered documents sealed in the medical malpractice lawsuits involving Dr. John King. Lawyers representing Putnam General pushed to seal the files due to pretrial publicity. King faces more than 100 medical malpractice lawsuits brought by former patients or their survivors from his seven-month stint at Putnam General. King left the hospital in 2003 and has since changed his name to Christopher Wallace Martin. King’s medical privileges have been taken away by West Virginia and several other states.