Couple blames radiologists for misdiagnosed MRI that led to permanent injury

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 11, 2015

An Illinois couple is suing two radiologists, alleging a misread diagnostic test resulted in unnecessary medical bills and lasting injury.

Robert Furgeson and Anna Furgeson filed a lawsuit Nov. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. David Spirer, Aaron Settler and Clinical Radiologists.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 4, 2013, Robert Furgeson, with a history of mid-back pain, underwent an MRI of the thoracic spine. The suit alleges Spirer and Settler negligently and carelessly misread the MRI and negligently and carelessly failed to follow procedures regarding discrepancies between preliminary and final radiology reports. 

As a result, the suit states, the plaintiff has been permanently injured, prevented from attending to his usual duties, lost wages and income, and become responsible for large medical bills. Anna Ferguson brings the same charges and damages, including being permanently deprived of the companionship and support of her husband.

The Furgesons seek at least $75,000 against all three defendants, including court costs and attorney fees. They are represented by attorney Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe & Keefe PC of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-643.

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