Couple alleges husband's disabling injury caused by neck injection

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 18, 2015

An Illinois couple is suing a medical group and physicians, alleging the husband suffered disabling injuries from an injection in his neck.

Bill Blechinger and Kimberly Blechinger filed a lawsuit on Nov. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dr. Alejandro J. Alvarado, HSHS Medical Group Inc., Dr. Robert N. Corprew, Midwest Emergency Department Services, and St. Joseph's Hospital, of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.

According to the complaint, on March 20, Bill Blechinger came under the care of Alvarado, licensed to practice and employed by HSHS Medical Group. A day later, the plaintiff entered the emergency department at St. Joseph's Hospital where his care was assumed by Corprew, the lawsuit states.

The suit alleges Corprew negligently and carelessly administered an injection to Blechinger absent a sterile environment into the lumbar space, causing an infection.

The complaint says the plaintiff has been crippled, permanently disabled and suffers great pain, mental anguish and disfigurement, has been permanently prevented from attending to his usual duties, has lost wages and income and has incurred medical expenses of great amounts.

Kimberly Blechinger, the suit says, has become liable for large amounts of medical expenses and has been permanently deprived of the consortium of her husband.

The Blechingers seek at least $75,000, plus court costs and attorney fees. They are represented by attorney Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Keefe & Keefe PC of Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-661

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