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Patient sues after shoulder surgery allegedly results in carpal tunnel syndrome

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 21, 2015

A Monroe County man is suing several medical practitioners after surgery allegedly resulted in a permanently debilitating condition.

Milton Kish filed the suit on Aug. 31 in Saint Clair County Circuit Court against Donald A. Weimer, M.D.; Belleville Orthopedic Surgeons, Ltd.; Belleville Surgical Center; Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc.; Diane G. Joiner, RN; Mary Diane McCarkel, RN; and Cheryl Raynor, RN.

On Sept. 3, 2013, Weimer and Belleville Orthopedic performed rotator cuff surgery on the plaintiff, after which Weimer applied a sling to the plaintiff with his left hand in a hyper-flexed position, the suit states.

According to the complaint, eight days later the plaintiff complained of numbness in his left hand. On Sept. 26, the plaintiff again visited the doctor, saying he felt his arm pop and that he was still experiencing numbness. An MRI determined the plaintiff had developed carpal tunnel syndrome, which he believes is the result of his hand being hyper-flexed while he was wearing a sling to recover from shoulder surgery.

He says the condition has never improved, despite surgery.

He is suing all the defendants for medical negligence. He seeks at least $50,000, court costs and a jury trial.

The plaintiff's attorney is Amy Callignon Gunn, Simon Law PC, St. Louis, Missouri.

Saint Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-490.

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