by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – The docket of the Cabell County Circuit Court read “Steel of West Virginia v. St. Mary’s…” At issue, the company demanded the blood testing analysis of an employee injured on the job. The analysis is for drug and alcohol content.


However, according to Doug Korstanje, director of Marketing & Community Relations for St. Mary’s Medical Center, the filing is a routine matter to persuade the injured employee to allow the hospital to provide the blood test to their employer.


“I can’t discuss this case specifically,” Korstanje explained, “but in most case when a worker refuses to sign a consent for a release of blood tests, the company has to file a legal motion against St. Mary’s or other testing facility to have those results released.”



Normally, after the motion is filed, “the worker signs the consent. It’s not Steel of WV going after St. Mary’s in some big legal battle. It’s a legal formality to force the worker at Steel of WV to consent to blood alcohol / drug test release.”