Alton woman files wrongful death suit

Steve Gonzalez May 17, 2005, 4:45am

Dr. Earnshaw's Office in Alton

An Alton woman filed a wrongful death suit against Charles Earnshaw, Jr., M.D. and Alton Internist Associates, alleging that a misdiagnosis led to her husband's death.

In a suit filed May 12 in Madison County Circuit Court, Patricia Little claims Earnshaw was negligent by failing to perform necessary tests to diagnose her late husband William's cardiovascular disease. The suit also claims Earnshaw failed to refer William Little to a cardiologist.

Little claims William’s condition went undiagnosed and untreated which ultimately led to his death on Nov. 15, 2003.

According to the complaint, William Little was hospitalized Aug. 18, 2003, and diagnosed with coronary artery disease and recent inferior myocardial infarction. He underwent surgery and suffered post-operative adult respiratory distress syndrome and post-operative pneumonia with profound loss of lung function.

“Little is seeking a judgment against the defendants, each of them for the wrongful death of William Little, for the deprivation of comfort and valuable services which William would have contributed and performed, and for such other relief the court deems just,” the complaint states.

Little is also seeking a judgment against the defendants for medical, drug, funeral, and incidental expenses, plus general damages in excess of $50,000.

Little is represented by Mark Bronson of Newman Bronson & Wallis of St. Louis and Sandor Korein of Korein Tillery of Belleville.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge George Moran Jr.

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