Vascular surgeon and Anderson Hospital sued

Kelly Holleran Feb. 1, 2012, 11:13am

A man has filed suit against the doctor and the hospital that he claims caused him to suffer a heart attack after operating on him.

Richard M. Weiss claims defendant Dr. Charles M. Lane, who worked for defendant General and Vascular Surgical Associates, performed an operation on him at defendant Anderson Hospital. Following the surgery, Weiss suffered from a leak in the organ that Lane had operated on, according to the complaint filed Jan. 27 in Madison County Circuit Court.

In turn, the leak caused Weiss to suffer from peritonitis, which is a bacterial or fungal infection of an organ, the suit states. The infection led to a heart attack, injury to Weiss's vocal cords and infection, the complaint says.

Because of the operation and his resulting injuries, Weiss claims he suffered from constant pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, disability and loss of enjoyment of his normal life. He also lost large sums of money because of his inability to pursue his normal occupation and incurred medical costs, according to the complaint.

The defendants allegedly failed to appreciate the signs of an organ leaking and failed to notify a physician of changes in Weiss's condition that would indicate signs of a leaking organ, the suit states.

In his six-count suit, Weiss is seeking a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs.

Joseph A. Bartholomew of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer and Shevlin in Belleville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-122.

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Maryville, IL 62062

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