BELLEVILLE – An emergency room patient is suing health care providers, alleging negligence over a missed diagnosis that he says led to a leg amputation.
Tyler J. Brandenburger filed the lawsuit Feb. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Jae Kwan Yang, Dr. Donald Johnston and HSHS Medical Group Inc., alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, on Sept. 27, 2015, Brandenburger went to HSHS Medical Group where Yang provided him medical services. The suit says Yang was negligent in failing to apply the knowledge and use the skill and care ordinarily used by a well-qualified health care provider.
The suit alleges Yang did not properly perform a complete neurovascular examination of the patient's right lower leg before discharging him and that Johnston and HSHS negligently failed to advise Yang that he needed to perform a complete exam of Brandenburger's right leg.
As a result, the lawsuit says, the plaintiff had his leg amputated, deals with constant pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of a normal life, has incurred and will continue to incur medical costs. He also will continue to lose wages because his earning capacity has been impaired, the suit says.
Brandenburger seeks $50,000 from each defendant, plus court costs. He is represented by attorney Joseph A. Bartholomew of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin Ltd. in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-97