BELLEVILLE — A patient is suing St. Louis University for allegedly failing to timely diagnose a precancerous or cancerous oral ulcer.
Lisa Vandervelden filed a complaint on Oct. 25 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against St. Louis University, alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between January 2017 and August 2017 the defendant assumed care of Vandervelden for oral pain, swelling and an ulcer. The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and failed to timely refer or perform appropriate treatment and diagnostic testing.
As a result of defendant's negligence, her condition went undiagnosed and untreated, developed and spread.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount greater than $75,000, plus costs. She is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell PC in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-680