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Wrongful death suit filed against health centers and nurses

By Molly English-Bowers | Nov 25, 2015

The administrator of an Illinois man's estate is suing several health care entities and professionals, alleging wrongful death under the Survival Act of Illinois.

Stephanie Hamiel filed the suit on behalf of the estate of Alfonce Guster on Nov. 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Atrium Health Care & Rehabilitation Center of Cahokia, Weiss Management Group, Bria Health Services, and licensed practical nurses Heather Coates, Willie King, Jennifer Lee, Susan Walthes and Jewel Scroggins, all of whom tended to the deceased.

According to the complaint, on March 8, 2012, Guster, who had dementia, was admitted to Atrium for long-term care and treatment, and throughout his stay, he was treated by the defendant nurses.

On Sept. 5, 2012, the suit says, the decedent was transported by ambulance to Touchette Regional Hospital after a blood test showed critically high blood glucose levels and other elevated levels. He returned to Atrium on Sept. 9, but was readmitted to the hospital on Dec. 1, 2013, and died Dec. 29, 2013, the lawsuit states.

The suit alleges wrongful death.

Hamiel asks that Guster's wife be awarded all damages in excess of the court's requisite to compensate her for injuries, losses and damages. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys Paul D. Richter and Cailtin K. Finnegan of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz of Chicago.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-626.

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