Washington University and Barnes-Jewish sued on med mal claims

Kelly Holleran Jun. 28, 2012, 6:00am


An Illinois woman claims a doctor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital failed to accurately diagnose the condition that was causing her to repeatedly vomit, which led to permanent pain.

Yvette and David Scott filed a lawsuit June 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In their complaint, the Scotts allege Yvette Scott arrived at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on Nov. 4, 2010, with complaints of abdominal pain and vomiting.

Doctors at the hospital working for The Washington University, however, failed to adequately diagnose Yvette Scott with peritonitis, which is a condition caused by an infection of a membrane that surrounds the abdominal wall, according to the complaint.

Because of doctors' failure to correctly diagnose Yvette Scott, she suffered permanent pain, mental anguish, disability and disfigurement and incurred medical costs, the suit states. In addition, she lost wages and was prevented from attending to her normal activities, the complaint says.

David Scott says he has also suffered as he has lost his wife's love, companionship, consortium, support and services.

The couple blames the staff at the hospital and the university for contributing to Yvette Scott's injuries, saying they negligently failed to perform an adequate physical examination, failed to obtain an Ob/gyn consult, failed to determine the cause of Yvette Scott's elevated white blood cell count, failed to order a CT scan of her abdomen and failed to accurately diagnose her.

In their four-count complaint, the Scotts seek a judgment of more than $300,000, plus costs.

Samantha S. Unsell of Belleville will be representing them.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-321.

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