Man claims renal failure caused by improperly treated hypertension

Kelly Holleran Dec. 2, 2009, 2:37pm

A man and his wife have filed suit against a doctor who they say failed to properly treat the man's hypertension, causing him to experience kidney failure.

Kevin T. Schrader claims he was first diagnosed with hypertension on April 9, 2004, after he was admitted to St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud.

From Feb. 7, 2005, through June 25, defendant Dr. Stuart W. Mauch of Belleville treated Kevin Schrader for the hypertension, according to the complaint filed Nov. 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

On June 25, Kevin Schrader was diagnosed with acute renal failure, which was significantly caused by his hypertension, the suit states.

Also named as a defendant in the complaint is Stuart W. Mauch Jr., who employed Stuart W. Mauch.

The Schraders blame the Mauchs for failing to properly order periodic blood work to monitor renal functions, for failing to follow-up with weekly blood work and for failing to properly control Kevin Schrader's hypertension.

As a result of the doctors' alleged negligence, Kevin Schrader suffered permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement, incurred large sums of money and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint. In addition, he has been permanently prevented from attending to his usual affairs and has lost wages, the suit states.

Christi M. Schrader claims she has been deprived of her husband's love, companionship, consortium, support and services.

In the four-count suit, the Schraders are seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs.

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

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-632.

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