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Carlinville doctor denies liability in suit alleging he failed to inform others of possible injuries

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 17, 2017

A physician denies liability in a patient’s suit alleging he was paralyzed when his doctor failed to inform others of his potential injuries.

Gerald Rolfe filed his original medical malpractice suit on May 23 against Nicholas Hilpipre.

Rolfe filed an amended complaint on Nov. 15, adding Dr. Stephen Coulson, Emergency Consultants Inc. and Carlinville Area Hospital as defendants.

The plaintiff alleges he sustained permanent physical injuries to his body in November 2014, including paralysis, after Hilpipre allegedly failed to inform others of the plaintiff’s potential injuries.

Hilpipre answered the amended complaint on Dec. 12 through attorneys Peter Naylor and William Davis of Brown Hay & Stephens LLP in Springfield, Ill. He denied the allegations against him.

Coulson and Emergency Consultants Inc. filed a motion for a substitution of judge on Jan. 6 through attorney Terese Drew of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in St. Louis. The case was assigned to Circuit Judge Robert LeChien.

Rolfe seeks a judgment of more than $75,000.

He is represented by Thomas Keefe III of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-275

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