Cardiac arrest not noticed by hospital staff, suit claims

Ann Knef Jul. 16, 2007, 9:10am

Paul and Beth Werner of Belleville are seeking in excess of $100,000 from Memorial Hospital of Belleville, claiming the hospital's emergency staff failed to recognize Paul Werner was having cardiac arrest during a visit on July 9, 2005.

According to a lawsuit filed July 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Werner suffered loss of mental capacity, paralysis and loss of consciousness and memory.

He also claims he incurred medical expenses and pain and suffering as the result of his injuries.

The suit alleges the hospital violated the standard of care for a patient by failing to provide timely CPR and resistive services to Werner.

Beth Werner is seeking damages for loss of consortium.

The Werners are represented by James R. Williams of Williams, Caponi and Associates of Belleville.

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