Patient claims mallet finger procedure mishandled

Kelly Holleran Oct. 15, 2012, 5:18am

A Belleville man has filed suit against the doctors who attempted to repair his injured finger.

Frank Taylor claims defendant Dr. David S. Reed IV negligently performed an open repair of what is commonly referred to as a baseball finger or a mallet finger. To repair the joint, Reed performed a procedure known as "percutaneous pinning of the DIP joint," according to the complaint filed Sept. 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

However, because of Reed's actions, Taylor suffered serious injuries to his finger, sustained great pain and mental anguish and missed numerous working days, the suit states.

In addition to Reed, Taylor names New Dimensions Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and St. Elizabeth's Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, which both employed Reed, as defendants.

In his three-count complaint, Taylor is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs.

Mark S. Peebles of Peebles and Associates in Belleville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-512.

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