A Sauget kidney treatment facility accused of causing a patient's death has removed the case to federal court.

Defendant Renal Treatment Centers – Illinois, Inc., doing business as Sauget Dialysis, filed a notice of removal on Nov. 17, seeking to transfer the case to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

The defendant argues that removal is proper because the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 when the requested award and additional costs are added together.

According to the Oct. 9 lawsuit filed by Vonda K. Jones, independent administrator of the estate of Allison Jones III, the decedent was allegedly receiving dialysis from Sauget Dialysis in October 2012 when the medical staff failed to pay attention to her vital signs.

The suit states that the medical staff allegedly failed to notice and rectify internal bleeding that occurred during Jones’ treatment, causing her to die of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

Sauget Dialysis is accused of negligence.

Jones seeks more than $50,000 in damages and court costs.

Michelle Akinsiku Hayde of O’Fallon represents Jones. She demands a trial by jury.

William S. Thomas of Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., in St. Louis represents the defendant.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 14-L-683

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