Podiatrist named in med mal action by amputee

Steve Gonzalez Nov. 6, 2007, 2:00am

A woman who had to have her right leg amputated below the knee because of an infection after a bunionectomy filed a medical malpractice suit against Alan Gitersonke, D.P.M.

Shelia Kelly claims Gitersonke performed the procedure on Jan. 22, in order to treat a bunion on her right foot.

A bunion is a painful enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe.

According to the suit filed in Madison County Circuit Court Nov. 2,
Kelly claims Gitersonke violated his duty to possess and employ knowledge and use the degree of skill and care necessary in the proper diagnosis, care, and treatment that is ordinarily used by members of his profession and specialty.

She claims he negligently failed to use appropriate diagnostic tools to properly diagnose her condition, failed to identify and treat in a timely fashion an infection which causally related to the amputation of her foot and leg.

Kelly also alleges Gitersonke failed to furnish her with appropriate care following the procedure despite the fact of her diabetic condition, failed to use proper methods and equipment in performing the bunionectomy to decrease the likelihood of infection and failed to properly respond to her complaints of pain and complications after the procedure.

Kelly claims as a result of Gitersonke's negligence she had her right leg amputated below the knee resulting in hospital and medical expenses and disability.

Seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages, Kelly is represented by Charles Armbruster and Michael Blotevogel of the Lakin Law Firm in Wood River.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron.

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