Infection not treated, wrongful death suit claims

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 3, 2008, 5:00am

The estate of Joann Jungk filed a wrongful death suit against Erik Stabell, M.D. in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 21, alleging the doctor was negligent his treatment of acute gallbladder pancreatitis and any other infectious disease.

According to the estate, Jungk became a patient of Stabell, a sole practitioner specializing in the area of infectious diseases, on Sept. 22, 2005, until her death on Dec. 26, 2005.

The estate claims Stabell was negligent and deviated from the standard of care a reasonably prudent professional doctor providing services in infectious diseases in one or more of the following ways:

  • Negligently and carelessly failed to monitor her medical condition;

  • Failed to investigate the possibility that she could have infected ascites which led to multiple intra abdominal abscesses;

  • Failed to diagnose a small bowel perforation which was the source of ongoing infection and sepsis resulting in her eventual death;

  • Failed to identify and treat the source of ongoing infection and sepsis; and

  • Carelessly allowed her to be discharged from the hospital despite evidence of ongoing infection and sepsis at the time of her release.

    The estate claims that as a result of severe complications Jungk underwent extensive medical treatment, endured conscious pain and suffering including emotional distress, incurred medical expenses, became disabled and suffered a loss of enjoyment of life's pleasures.

    Her next-of-kin have suffered a pecuniary loss, including grief, sorrow and mental suffering, the suit claims.

    Represented by John Webster of Alton, the estate is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Dave Hylla

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