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Son alleges health care providers caused mother's death

By Michael Abella | Aug 30, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County man is suing health care providers, alleging their negligence caused the wrongful death of his mother.

Reginald Adam Blankenship, as administrator of the estate of Debra Lee Blankenship, filed a lawsuit Aug. 22 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dr. David Harmon, Dr. Lester Crancer and Illini Medical Associates SC, alleging violation of the Illinois Wrongful Death Statute and asserting the Illinois Survival Act Statute.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 12, 2015, Debra Lee Blankenship came under the care of defendants. The suit says that as a result of the defendants' negligence, she died Nov. 16, 2015. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to timely order gastroenterology consultation, failed to order appropriate testing and failed to perform an appropriate physical examination.

The lawsuit states Reginald Blankenship suffered permanent damages for loss of love, companionship, society and guidance. 

Reginald Blackenships seeks a trial by jury, judgment against each defendant for more than $75,000, plus costs of suit. He is represented by attorney Samantha S. Unsell of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-c-1182

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