Touchette Hospital and opthalmologist named in med mal complaint

Kelly Holleran May 17, 2011, 4:39am


A man claims he has limited vision in his right eye after a doctor failed to properly treat his eye after he was hit in the face with a glass bottle.

Keith Jones claims he was treated by defendant Dr. James E. Probst Jr. at the emergency room of defendant Touchette Hospital, doing business as Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, on May 3, 2009, after he sustained injuries to his face and eyes.

However, Jones lost a majority of the vision in his right eye after Probst allegedly negligently failed to evaluate Jones' left eye and failed to document the results of the flurosein exam in his left eye, according to the complaint filed April 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. In addition, Probst allegedly negligently failed to protect Jones' eye with a right eye shield, failed to remove all glass from Jones' left eye, failed to appropriately diagnose Jones with a ruptured globe in his right eye and failed to timely confer with an ophthalmologist, the suit states.

As a result of the treatment he received, Jones claims he suffered a right global rupture that continued unabated, lost his visual acuity, incurred a corneal transplant and lost a significant portion of his ability to see from his right eye. He also incurred medical costs, experienced physical and mental pain and suffering and incurred a diminished ability to enjoy life and to engage in social recreations, the complaint says.

In addition to Probst and Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, Jones names Southern Illinois Health Care Access as a defendant because he says Probst worked for it.

In his complaint, Jones is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

John S. Wallach and Suzanne M. Hardin of the Law Office of John S. Wallach in St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-218.

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