Belleville neurologist denies med mal allegations

Christina Stueve Nov. 28, 2011, 8:24am


Belleville neurologist Stephen Burger denies allegations in a medical malpractice suit that accuses him of failing to recognize the development of excess tissue on a patient's brain.

In a suit filed in May in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Lisa Quick claims Burger failed to appreciate the significance of a one-centimeter lesion adjacent to her right carotid siphon.

Quick is represented by Rex Carr.

Associate Judge Andrew Gleeson, who is assigned to the case, set a case management conference for Jan. 30, 2012. He entered the order Nov. 7.

Circuit Judge Robert LeChien was originally assigned to the case. He granted Burger's motion for substitution of judge in August.

In Burger's answer to the complaint, he denies that he failed to report to the plaintiff a lesion which showed up on an MRI, but admits that he did not report that to Dr. Gerald Wankum, an Alton ophthalmologist.

Quick alleges the lesion doubled in size in nearly a year's time.

Because of the growing brain tissue, Quick alleges she developed injuries to her brain and her brain stem. 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 her 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.

Ted Dennis of Freeark, Harvey & Mendillo in Belleville represents Burger.

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

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