Burst appendix leads to lawsuit

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 29, 2007, 6:34am

A man whose appendix burst filed a medical malpractice suit against OSBEC Medical of Southern Illinois in Highland and Jeffrey Davis, a physician's assistant, in Madison County Circuit Court March 26.

James Hammer claims that on Oct. 12, 2005, he went to see Davis who allegedly failed to apply the knowledge and use the skill and care ordinarily used by a reasonably-well qualified physician assistant by negligently failing to order a CT scan.

Hammer claims that Davis also negligently and carelessly failed to do a proper work up on him with the complaints he was complaining about.

According to Hammer, he ended up with septicemia from an appendix that burst requiring a hospital stay and medical care.

Hammer claims he sustained constant pain and suffering, became liable for medical expenses, lost wages and suffered an impairment in his earning capacity.

Represented by Joseph Battholomew of Belleville, Hammer is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.

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