Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth on Wednesday set a case management conference for March 28 in a Madison County family's wrongful death lawsuit against a Granite City doctor and hospital.

Melissa Mulligan, on behalf of the estate of Casey Mulligan, filed a lawsuit July 7, 2011 against Dr. Wesley Harris, Gateway Regional Medical Center and Gateway Surgical & Vein Center.

Court records show Mulligan was admitted to Gateway Regional Medical Center in July 2010 for a hernia diagnosed by Dr. Harris.

During surgery, Dr. Harris allegedly inserted a suture through Mulligan's bowel. Days later, Mulligan's sister says he developed an infection and was readmitted to Gateway Medical Center where he died in August 2010.

An autopsy allegedly revealed Mulligan died from his infection as well as a clogging of his bowel caused by the surgery.

The defendants on Aug. 5 denied liability for the plaintiff's claims.

The family accuses Dr. Harris, Gateway Medical Center and Gateway Surgical & Vein of malpractice and is suing for the wrongful death of Casey Mulligan. They are asking for more than $50,000.

Attorneys Amy Collignon Gunn and Anne Brockland of St. Louis represent the Mulligan family. They ask for a jury trial.

Richard Behr represents the defense.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 11-L-663

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