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Belleville Family Medical Associates, doctor accused of wrongful death

By Michael Abella | Dec 23, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A man alleges a doctor failed to diagnose his wife's Metformin-induced lactic acidosis prior to her death.

Ralph Joseph, as special administrator of the estate of Angela Joseph, filed a complaint on Nov. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Robert W. Garner, D.O., and Belleville Family Medical Associates Ltd., alleging they negligently deviated from the standards of medical care procedures.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 13, Angela Joseph was under the defendants' care, and two days later she died.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to perform adequate diagnostic testing or to take an appropriate medical history, and failed to diagnose Metformin-induced lactic acidosis.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against each defendant for damages greater than $75,000, plus costs of this suit.

He is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-608

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