Matoesian transfers wrongful death suit to St. Clair County

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 29, 2005, 7:01am

Ryan Winschief’s 10-count, $500,000 wrongful death suit against Belleville Memorial Hospital and several local cardiologists was transferred to St. Clair County under the doctrine of forum non conveniens by Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian on Aug. 26.

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 fashion.

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 Drs. Kloss, Vakassi and Hayat claiming they failed to rule out that his father may have had a traumatic head injury.

Winschief also alleges 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.

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

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