Man claims MRI was misread in suit against hospital, doctor

Kelly Holleran Nov. 4, 2009, 12:16pm

A man and his wife have filed suit against three medical organizations and two doctors after they say doctors failed to correctly diagnose the man's condition.

Ronald and Mariela A. Williams claim that on Oct. 26, 2006, Ronald Williams had an MRI of his left arm performed by defendant Dr. Peter Levisay at defendant St. Elizabeth's Hospital upon the request of defendant Dr. Peter Seidenberg.

However, doctors failed to properly interpret the MRI scans, failed to properly follow up with the results of the MRI studies and failed to warn Ronald Williams of the implications of the MRI studies, according to the complaint filed Nov. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

As a result, Ronald Williams' condition, which is not specified in the lawsuit, went undiagnosed and untreated. In addition, he suffered permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement, incurred medical costs, has been prevented from attending to his normal affairs and has lost wages, the suit states.

Mariela A. Williams claims she has been deprived of her husband's love, companionship, consortium, support and services.

In addition to the doctors and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, the Williams also name Mid-America Imaging and Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at St. Elizabeth's Hospital as defendants.

In the 10-count suit, the Williamses are seeking a judgment of more than $750,000, plus costs.

Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-591.

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