Memorial, SLU and doctor sued over child's cerebral palsy

Kelly Holleran Jan. 5, 2009, 6:34am

An O'Fallon woman has filed suit against Memorial Hospital, St. Louis University and one of their doctors, alleging her daughter has cerebral palsy and other problems because of the doctor's negligence.

Linda Overmeyer's daughter, Haley Overmeyer, was born on Jan. 9, 2005, at Memorial Hospital and was treated at her birth by Dr. William Keenan, according to the complaint filed Dec. 31 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Keenan is alleged to have been negligent in his treatment by failing to appropriately resuscitate Haley, by failing to appropriately and properly intubate her and by failing to appropriately monitor her, the suit states.

Because of Keenan's alleged negligence, Haley suffered from cerebral palsy, neurological defects, developmental delays, hearing and visual problems, great physical and mental anguish, tremendous physiological consequences, tremendous pain and suffering, loss of sleep and loss of life's pleasures and enjoyments, according to the complaint.

She also incurred medical costs and has been subjected to unnecessary medical and health care evaluations, the suit states.

Linda claims she incurred medical expenses, also.

St. Louis University and Memorial Hospital were negligent through the actions of their employee, according to the complaint.

"That Memorial Hospital owed plaintiff a duty of care to use the skill and care ordinarily used by a reasonably well qualified physician," the suit states.

In the six-count suit, Linda is seeking a judgment in excess of $200,000, plus costs.

Joseph Hillebrand of Kassly, Bone, English and Hillebrand in Belleville, C.J. Moeller and Bradley L. Bradshaw of Brad Bradshaw in Springfield and Eric M. Belk of Springfield will be representing Linda.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-668.

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