Memorial Hospital sued by man using bike in physical therapy treatment

Kelly Holleran Jan. 5, 2015, 10:23am

A man and his wife have filed suit against Protestant Memorial Medical Center, alleging the man suffered injuries while using an upright bike.

James Shaw and Donna Shaw allege James Shaw was using an upright bike as part of the medical center's physical therapy services when he sustained various injuries.

According to the complaint filed Dec. 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, James Shaw suffered permanent injuries and pain, endured mental anguish and experienced disability and disfigurement. He also incurred medical costs, the suit states.

Donna Shaw, James Shaw's wife, alleges she has been deprived of her husband's love, companionship, consortium, support and services.

The couple blames the hospital for contributing to James Shaw's injuries, saying it negligently failed to supervise his use of the upright bike, failed to properly adjust the settings on the bike, failed to monitor his use of the bike equipment and failed to warn him of potential dangers regarding the bike equipment.

The Shaws seek a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Attorneys Thomas Q. Keefe Jr., of Keefe and Keefe in Belleville, and Justin M. Stephens, of Stephens Kelly in St. Louis, will represent the plaintiffs.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-806.

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