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Medical Board president sued over teen's death

Tuesday 2 February 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- John A. Wade, a Point Pleasant physician, faces a lawsuit alleging that he was responsible for the death of 17-year-old Andrya Lynn Jordan, who died when a filing cabinet crushed her.
The lawsuit against Wade, who is president of the West Virginia Board of Medicine, could go to trial later this year.
Jordan, the lawsuit states, \"was killed while she was loading a file cabinet with medical files when the cabinet tipped over, fell on her, pinning her against a white vehicle resembling a jeep parked near the file cabinet.\"
Jordan was filing papers for Wade\'s medical practice in a \"remote/garage storage building,\" said the lawsuit filed by Lori McCoy, Jordan\'s mother.
The lawsuit, filed in Mason County, also names Steelcase Inc. -- that designs, manufactures and distributes file cabinets -- as a defendant.
When she died on Nov. 26, 2006, Jordan was a junior at Point Pleasant High School who had been working for Wade since July.
The lawsuit McCoy filed on Nov. 20, 2009, alleges that Wade failed to install the file cabinet properly and failed to train Jordan how to use it safely.
Jordan, who was 5 feet 2 inches tall, was crushed by a file cabinet that was 5 feet 5 inches tall, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit also alleges that Steelcase \"knowingly\" designed and sold a file cabinet that \"was unsafe and had design defects.\"
Steelcase, the lawsuit states, failed to provide users with proper instructions telling them \"to fasten the file cabinet to prevent tipovers, to load from the bottom drawer up and to open one drawer at a time.\"

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