Touchette Regional and doctors named in suit

Kelly Holleran Apr. 5, 2011, 5:40am


The daughter of a recently deceased woman blames numerous doctors at Touchette Regional Hospital for causing her mother's death, but is asking the court to allow her lawyer extra time to compile a medical report.

Odesta Brown filed a lawsuit March 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Touchette Regional Hospital and Drs. Chennaiah Nadindala, Thomas Mikkelson and Alfred Johnson.

Odesta Brown claims her mother, Hattie Louise Brown, came under the care of doctors at Touchette Regional Hospital on March 18, 2009.

However, while at Touchette Regional Hospital, Hattie Brown's doctors allegedly failed to order appropriate testing and failed to obtain appropriate consultations for her, according to the complaint. In addition, they failed to appropriately treat her condition and failed to refer her for testing and treatment, the suit states.

As a result of the doctors' actions, Hattie Brown died on March 20, 2009, the complaint says.

Although Odesta Brown fails to state why her mother arrived at the hospital or what her mother died from, she does ask the court for extra time to compile the report of a medical professional.

Because of Hattie Brown's death, her next-of-kin have experienced grief, sorrow and mental suffering, Odesta Brown claims.

In her eight-count complaint, Odesta Brown seeks a judgment of more than $400,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Roy C. Dripps of Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt and Blotevogel in Alton will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-141.

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