A St. Clair County woman says her doctor caused nerve damage in her hand during a surgery designed to correct her carpal tunnel.

Eileen Peton-Thorton filed a lawsuit Oct. 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Robert E. Schultz Sr. and M.S.A. Alliance LLC, doing business as Neurological Surgery of Southern Illinois. SLIPS Inc., formerly known as Southern Illinois Physician Services, is also named as a defendant.

According to the complaint, Dr. Schultz performed a carpal tunnel procedure on Peton-Thorton's right hand in November 2009. During the surgery, Peton-Thorton alleges Dr. Schultz cut her ulnar nerve and failed to fix the damage. She claims she now has clawing of her fingers, nerve damage and loss of movement of her right hand.

Peton-Thorton accuses Dr. Schultz and his employers, M.S.A. Alliance and SLIPS, of medical malpractice. She is asking for more than $150,000 in damages for medical bills, loss of income and court fees.

Peton-Thorton is represented by attorney Jamie L. Boock of St. Louis, Mo.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-576.

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