Crowder to hear dismissal motion in sleep apnea wrongful death suit

Amelia Flood Nov. 16, 2009, 7:10am


A defendant in a case over a woman's death from allegedly undiagnosed sleep apnea is asking for several parts of the plaintiff's complaint to be dismissed.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder is set to take up the matter Friday at 9 a.m.

Plaintiff Carrie Krug is suing on behalf of her deceased daughter's estate.

According to her complaint, Lori Krug was under the care of Dr. Hamachandra Gunawardhana and Dr. Todd Paxton when she died in May 2002. The suit claims that Gunawardhana, a psychiatrist who was overseeing Lori Krug's treatment for schizophrenia, prescribed a drug that can cause weight gain and potentially sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be fatal.

The suit claims both doctors failed to diagnose the sleep apnea and that their negligence caused Lori Krug's death.

The suit seeks damages for counts against the doctors, Granite City Illinios Hospital Company and Heartland Healthcare in excess of $75,000 and costs.

Gunawardhana moved to dismiss parts of the complaint Oct. 30.

Carrie Krug is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe Jr.

Gunawardhana is represented by Timothy Richards.

Paxton and the other defendants are represented by Stephen Potter.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-1020.

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