Patient blames practice, doctors for amputation

Ann Knef May 3, 2005, 9:17am

Claiming her doctors failed to properly treat a joint infection that led to her leg amputation, Edna Rodenberg and her husband, Kenneth Rodenberg, are seeking $450,000 from Belleville Orthopedic Surgeons and its doctors, Donald Weimer, M.D. and Scott Anderson, M.D.

Represented by Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Belleville, Rodenberg filed suit April 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

She claims Weimer, Anderson and the surgical practice were negligent for failing to:

  • Elicit an acceptable history concerning signs and symptons of joint infection and steroid use;

  • Perform an adequate examination;

  • Diagnose and treat plaintiff's joint infection; and for

  • Continuing to prescribe systemic steroids when the steroids should have been timely tapered to the lowest possible dosage and eliminated.

    Rodenberg seeks compensation for permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement, as well as for lost wages and medical expenses.

    The complaint does not state when the amputation was performed, but does indicate Rodenberg was a patient at Belleville Orthopedic Surgeons beginning in October 2003.

    Kenneth Rodenberg seeks damages for being "permanently deprived of the love, companionship, society and support for which he was entitled," according to the suit.

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