Hylla to mediate widow's suit against doctor over husband's suicide
Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla is set to play mediator in a case brought a woman who claims a Collinsville doctor did not monitor her husband's medication and mental condition leading him to commit suicide.
Plaintiff Kathleen Baudino is suing Dr. James Corvallis for damages in excess of $100,000 and costs.
Kathleen Baudino claims that after prescribing the drug Celexa to her husband, Robert Baudino, Corvallis did not properly evaluate his anxiety levels, order mental assessments, or evaluate Robert Baudino's suicide risk.
Robert Baudino killed himself March 13, 2007, according to his wife's suit.
Kathleen Baudino alleges her husband had been extremely worried about test results related to his hypertension and high cholesterol before his death, facts she claims Corvallis knew as his doctor.
Corvallis denies the claims.
The doctor had sought to have the suit dismissed claiming that the expert who signed off on Kathleen Baudino's complaint did not meet the state's requirements to serve as a medical expert.
The case was set for trial in October, but that was pushed off when the parties agreed to mediation in September.
Hylla is scheduled to mediate the suit Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.
Bill Walker represents Kathleen Baudino, who serves as administrator of her husband's estate.
Ted Dennis represents Corvallis.
The case is Madison case number 08-L-1224.