Pregnancy blamed on doctor who allegedly failed to perform tubal ligation

Kelly Holleran May 30, 2012, 10:20am


A St. Clair County woman claims doctors failed to tie her tubes during a cesarean section, allowing her to become pregnant with her third child.

Temetria Blackburn filed a lawsuit May 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. William Chadwick, Women's Care of Southern Illinois, Memorial Medical Group and Protestant Memorial Medical Center.

In her complaint, Blackburn alleges she was pregnant with her second child, Jackson Robert, when she talked to Chadwick about getting her tubes tied to prevent her from bearing any more children. Chadwick agreed to perform the tubal ligation procedure during Blackburn's cesarean section on May 15, 2010, according to the complaint.

However, Chadwick failed to sterilize Blackburn during the Cesarean section and did not tell her that he had not performed the tubal ligation, the suit states.

As a result, Blackburn again became pregnant and gave birth to her third child on Oct. 19, 2011, the complaint says.

Due to her unplanned pregnancy, Blackburn claims she lost wages and endured mental and physical distress.

Blackburn blames Chadwick for allowing her third pregnancy, saying he negligently failed to review her prenatal record, failed to ensure a tubal ligation was performed during her cesarean section and failed to review her medical record prior to her discharge, among other negligent acts.

In her four-count complaint, Blackburn seeks a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs.

Lanny Darr of Schrempf, Kelly, Napp and Darr in Alton will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-251.

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