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Family sues medical center over alleged wrongful death

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 8, 2015

The executor of a St. Clair County woman's estate is suing a medical facility, alleging neglect led to her death.

Wilbur J. Meyer Jr., executor of the estate of Dolores M. Ervin, filed a lawsuit on July 16 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Protestant Memorial Medical Center, doing business as Memorial Care Center, alleging negligence under the Nursing Home Care Act.

According to the complaint, Dolores M. Ervin suffered a hip fracture on June 9, 2013, after which she was admitted to Belleville Memorial Hospital. After hip replacement surgery, she was admitted on June 25, 2014, to Memorial Care Center in Belleville. Less than a month later, she endured an injury to her right foot after an incident allegedly caused by medical staff while she was in a wheelchair, the suit states. After several back-and-forth visits to and from the hospital and the care center, Ervin died Sept. 16, 2013, at 87, the suit states.

The plaintiff alleges negligence and wrongful death.

Wilbur J. Meyer Jr. seeks at least $50,000 in damages, court costs, attorney fees and a jury trial. He is represented by attorneys Stephen C. Buser of the Law Office of Stephen C. Buser in Columbia, and Daniel J. Hayes of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-401.

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