Plaintiff moves to dismiss counts in med mal suit over woman's colon cancer death

Amelia Flood Apr. 12, 2011, 7:49am


The plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit against the owners of Heartland Healthcare and a woman's doctor has moved to dismiss several counts of her suit.

Plaintiff Tracy Whitford, acting on behalf of the estate of Mary Edwards, filed to dismiss four counts of her suit against Granite City Physicians Corp., doing business as Heartland, and Dr. Kevin Konzen.

The case had been set for trial before Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla April 4 but the trial was pushed off.

The case docket sheet does not indicate whether the dismissals come as a result of a settlement. The documents related to the moves are not yet available in the case file.

Whitford's suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 and burial expenses in relation to the 2008 death of Edwards.

Edwards originally sued the defendants in 2008 after she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

She claimed that Konzen and Heartland Health failed to recommend and order tests designed to detect the cancer despite her age.

Edwards died in December 2008 and Whitford took her place as plaintiff.

The suit went to mediation with Madison County Associate Judge Keith Jensen in April 2009.

No settlement resulted from that mediation.

Hylla held pre-trial conferences in the case in March.

Paul Schoen represents the plaintiff.

Stephen Potter represents the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-172.

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