The estate of Joyce Snow filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice suit against Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Madison County Circuit Court Feb. 16.

Snow's husband, Michael Snow of Edwardsville represents the estate.

The suit also names Joanna Janas-Kaminsky, M.D., Henry Purcell, M.D. and BJC Home Care Services.

According to the complaint, the defendants were guilty of the following negligent acts:

  • Failure to monitor the International Normalization Ratio of Joyce during the time prior to her death on Feb. 19, 2005;

  • Failure to properly administer anticoagulation medications; and

  • Failure to recognize and/or correct over anticoagulation.

    Snow claims the negligence caused his wife to die due to a brain stem injury caused by an intracerebral-intracentrical hemorrhage that caused great conscious pain and suffering and her death.

    He claims the healthcare foundation failed to assure a safe health care environment, failed to assure appropriate health care to Joyce and failed to assure appropriate communication in a timely fashion with health care providers.

    Represented by Keith Short and Holly Reese of Edwardsville, Snow is seeking damages in excess of $150,000, plus costs.

    He also is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 claiming before his wife died he was accustomed to and did receive love, affection, and care and was dependent on her for the necessities of life that she provided.

    "In addition, he was entitled to and did receive the consortium and society of Joyce Snow and other concomitants of married life," the complaint states.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Daniel J. Stack.

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