Neurologist sued over woman's brain injuries

Kelly Holleran Jun. 7, 2011, 3:44am


A woman has filed suit against the neurologist who she claims failed to recognize the development of excess tissue on her brain.

Lisa Quick claims her eye doctor referred her to defendant Dr. Stephen K. Burger. On Jan. 8, 2009, Quick had her first visit with Burger, who failed to appreciate the significance of a one-centimeter lesion adjacent to her right carotid siphon, according to the complaint filed May 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The complaint alleges Burger failed to inform Quick and her eye doctor of the lesion, which doubled in size in nearly a year's time.

Because of the growing brain tissue, Quick developed injuries to her brain and her brain stem, the complaint says. She claims she suffers from double vision, headaches and memory loss. In addition, she suffered permanent disability and permanent pain, incurred medical costs and lost wages and her enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

She says Burger negligently failed to refer her to a neurosurgeon in a timely manner to treat the lesion.

In her complaint, Quick is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She will be represented by Rex Carr of The Rex Carr Law Firm in East St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-248.

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