Matoesian will decide if case against Memorial will transfer to St. Clair County

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 16, 2005, 8:51am

Belleville Memorial Hospital

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian will hear a motion to transfer a wrongful death case against Belleville Memorial Hospital to St. Clair County at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24.

Ryan Winschief filed a 10-count, $500,000 wrongful death suit against Belleville Memorial Hospital and several local cardiologists blaming them for his father’s death on Feb. 22.

Robert Winschief was admitted to Memorial Hospital on Jan. 25, 2003, and later transferred to Maryville Manor, a nursing home in Maryville. He died there on Feb. 21, 2003.

Winschief also named Kurt Kloss, M.D., Sultan Hayat, M.D., Mohammad Vakassi, M.D., and Midwest Cardiology--all of Belleville--in the suit filed Feb. 23 in Madison County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Memorial's negligence led to his father's intracranial hemorrhage which was not treated in a timely manner.

Among other allegations, Winschief claims that Memorial failed to safely administer and monitor his father's anti-coagulant therapy.

At least $100,000 is being sought from Memorial Hospital for loss of companionship and society, plus Robert Winschief's estate was diminished by medical and funeral expenses.

Winschief also is seeking at least $100,000 each from Kloss, Vakassi and Hayat claiming they failed to rule out that his father may have had a traumatic head injury.

He alleges that Kloss failed to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of principles of safe anticoagulation therapy and failed to seek expert opinion before treating his father with aspirin and heparin.

He is represented by Robert Rowland and Aaron Dickey of Edwardsville. Memorial is represented by Edward Bott of St. Louis, while the cardiologists are represented by James Neville of Belleville.

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