Memorial Hospital and doctor named in new med mal suit

By Steve Gonzalez | May 31, 2005

Belleville Memorial Hospital Belleville Memorial Hospital and Keith Mullenger, M.D. were the targets of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court May 26 by Madison County resident Michael Bowen.

Belleville Memorial Hospital

Belleville Memorial Hospital and Keith Mullenger, M.D. were the targets of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court May 26 by Madison County resident Michael Bowen.

Bowen, who is seeking at least $50,000 in damages, is represented by Alvin Paulson of Becker, Paulson, Hoerner & Thompson of Belleville.

He claims that on Nov. 12, 2003, Mullenger determined that his hand was not fractured, dislocated or abnormal after reviewing x-rays taken at the hospital.

But on April 13, 2004, an independent orthopedic surgeon reviewed the x-rays and determined Bowen suffered an undiagnosed dorsal fracture, according to the suit.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson at Memorial Hospital said the hospital was unaware of the new filing. The Record faxed a copy of the lawsuit.

"We have not been served yet," said Memorial Hospital Public Relations Director Anne Thomure. "But from what you provided to us, there doesn't seem to be a certificate of merit against Memorial Hospital.

"There are no allegations against Memorial - other than it states that Dr. Mullenger is an employee/agent of the hospital - which is not true."

The suit alleges Mullenger was careless and negligent by failing to properly diagnose the fracture and failing to properly read the x-rays which caused him to suffer a physical deformity and continuing pain in his left hand.

Bowen claims permanent disfigurement, medical expenses and pain and anguish. He is seeking a judgment in an amount equitable and reasonable, and sufficient to confer the jurisdiction of the court, plus any other relief the court deems proper and just.

05 L 315 (20th Circuit)

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