Patient accuses health care providers of malpractice in pacemaker surgery

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 4, 2015

An Illinois man is suing health care providers, alleging surgery to recharge his pacemaker resulted in an infection.

Charles Chessor filed a lawsuit on Sept. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. James McPike, Cardiovascular Associates of Southern Illinois, Memorial Medical Group and Liberty Village of Maryvale, alleging malpractice.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 30, 2013, Chessor was admitted to Memorial Hospital for a generator change to his pacemaker. The suit says McPike performed the surgery but the treatment caused injuries.

The lawsuit states McPike ignored Chessor when the pacemaker started causing him pain, that the defendant failed to choose an appropriate site for the implantation, that the defendant failed to recognize the pacemaker was herniating out of the plaintiff's chest and that the defendant did not initiate appropriate treatment for all these issues.

Over the course of nearly two years, Chessor was admitted to several hospitals with pain, pacemaker problems, infections and fever, the suit says. The plaintiff charges all four defendants with negligence that resulted in medical expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional and mental anguish.

The charge against defendant Liberty Village stems from his residency there and their alleged failure to recognize he was having problems with the pacemaker.

Chessor seeks at least $50,000, court costs and attorney fees from all four defendants. He is represented by Keith Short of the Law Offices of Keith Short in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-561.

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