Wrongful death trial date vacated

Amelia Flood May 28, 2009, 12:29pm

A 2005 wrongful death suit against a Staunton medical practice and its doctors will not go to trial Monday before Madison Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth. The trial date has been vacated according to court documents.

The case rests on the plaintiff's claims that doctors Rajneesh S. Jain, Manish Mathur and Bryan Siegfried failed to properly diagnose her husband's prostate cancer.

The case would have opened 9 a.m.

Dolores Ranger is suing the three doctors, the Staunton Family and Community Memorial Hospital practice as the executrix of her husband, William's, estate. She is suing under the Illinois Survival Statute and Wrongful Death Statute.

In the first amended complaint filed in 2006, Dolores Ranger alleges the doctors were negligent in failing to respond to an elevated PSA level of 11.6 in William Ranger, failed to refer him to a specialist and failed to diagnose the prostate cancer.

William Ranger died July 26, 2005.

The plaintiff contends that the defendants' actions directly caused her husband pain, suffering, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement. The complaint further argues that William Rangers family were deprived of his love, companionship and that his illness raised large hospital bills.

The plaintiff is suing on 10 counts for at least $75,000 and costs.

Dolores Ranger is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Belleville and Swansea.

Dr. Jain is represented by Jeffrey Glass. Dr. Mathur is represented by James Neville. Dr. Siegfried and Community Memorial Hospital are represented by Edward S. Bott.

The case is Madison case number 05-L-763.

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