Widow accuses physician, hospital of causing husband's death

Michael Abella Aug. 1, 2016, 1:07pm


EDWARDSVILLE — A widow is suing medical providers, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent her husband's death.

Barbara Dittmar, as independent administrator of the estate of Ronald L. Dittmar, filed a lawsuit July 25 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dr. James A. Klefoth, Alton Multispecialist Ltd., Alton Memorial Hospital and registered nurses Nancy Hott and and Cinda Kallal, alleging wrongful death in failing to properly evaluate her husband's laboratory results prior to his operation.

According to the complaint, Ronald L. Dittmar suffered from poestoperative complications following his hemicolectomy surgery April 13, 2015, including necrosis of anastomosis in the right lower quadrant of his abdomen and intraabdominal hemorrhage. The suit says these conditions caused his death April 22, 2015. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to delay discharge and failed to follow up on Dittmar's condition despite the message relayed by his wife.

Barbara Dittmar seeks trial by jury and judgment of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorneys Steven M. Levin and Mary K. Volk of Levin & Perconti in Chicago.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1047

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