A three-day medical malpractice trial in Madison County came to an end on Thursday after the parties settled for an undisclosed amount in Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder’s courtroom.
Prior to the settlement, the case was expected to last until Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.
The suit was brought against Glen Carbon pain management specialist and anesthesiologist Gregory Randle, M.D., and the Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center on allegations of negligence.
Plaintiff Connie Duft of Maryville filed the complaint through attorneys Ted Gianaris and G. Michael Stewart of the Simmons firm in Alton. She claims she suffered a spinal cord injury following a pain management procedure she received in January 2013 for non-debilitating neck pain.
Duft alleges Randle made a steroid injection into Duft’s spinal cord instead of into epidural space, which she claims caused atrial fibrillation, weakness and paralysis to her right side, as well as extreme pain.
The defendants denied negligence in his previous answers to the complaint.
Represented by Kenneth Burke of Brown & James in Belleville, Randle stated in his affirmative defenses that “plaintiff failed to follow and comply with medical instructions provided to her at the time of the procedure at issue.”
Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center is represented by Richard J. Behr of Behr, McCarter and Potter in St. Louis.
Madison County Circuit Court case number 13-L-1695