Family of weather anchor Teigland sues hospital - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family of weather anchor Teigland sues hospital

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The family of a Mid-South weather personality is suing a local hospital, claiming a mis-diagnosis proved to be fatal.

Brian Teigland was a fixture on Mid-South TV, for two decades first at WREG, and then as the main weather anchor at WPTY.

According to attorney Mark Geller, Teigland died suddenly last year after doctors at Methodist Hospital Germantown mis-diagnosed his condition.  Now, Teigland's family is suing.

"We're talking about someone's life...about medical care," Geller said. "We do not want to file these types of lawsuits unless we believe there is some merit to it."

A death certificate says Teigland died from a ruptured artery aneurysm. According to the lawsuit, Teigland went to Methodist Hospital Germantown complaining of abdominal pain.  A test done at the hospital showed that he had several problems, including the aneurysm.  Doctors also suspected he might have colon cancer.

On July 24, Teigland returned to the hospital, complaining of stomach pains.  He was sent home, and by the next morning, he was dead from a ruptured aneurysm.

The lawsuit alleges negligence on Methodist Hospital, and the doctors who treated Teigland.

Teigland's family is asking for unspecified monetary damages.

Methodist Hospital released a statement late Monday, saying, "Our heart goes out to the family for their loss. We have not had an opportunity to review the lawsuit as it is not yet in our hands.  Beyond that, it is not fair or appropriate for us to comment on pending litigation."

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