Trial set in suit alleging patient died from undiagnosed adrenal gland infarction

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 18, 2019

Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith scheduled a jury trial in a medical malpractice suit alleging a patient died after her adrenal gland infarction went undiagnosed.

The case has been set for trial for Oct. 7 over objections of the defendants. The defendants argue that there is not enough time for expert discovery.

Regina Stewart, as special administrator of the estate of Helen Clark, filed the complaint on April 13, 2018, against Alton Memorial Hospital, Dr. Narine Sargsyan, and Fairview Heights Medical Group, doing business as BJC medical Group of Illinois.

According to the complaint, Stewart alleges Clark was admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital on July 7 and 8, 2016 with severe abdominal and flank pain. She was discharged and later died of adrenal gland infarction.

Stewart claims the defendants failed to perform proper evaluation to determine the cause of Clark’s pain, failed to provide proper treatment and negligently discharged Clark without diagnosing her impending adrenal gland infarction.

Stewart alleges that due to the defendants’ negligence, Clark’s condition went undiagnosed and untreated.

Stewart filed an amended complaint on July 27, 2018 after defendants Sargysan and Fairview Heights Medical Group filed a motion to dismiss the original complaint.

The defendants sought dismissal on June 7, 2018 through attorneys James Neville and Matthew Zittel of Neville Richards & Wuller LLC in Belleville.

They argued that the plaintiff made of her medical negligence claim against each defendant without pleading separate counts.

They also argued that Stewart asserted her claims under both the Illinois Wrongful Death Act and the Illinois Survival Act in the same count, which are two separate and distinct statutes.

Stewart is represented by Ted N. Gianaris and G. Michael Stewart of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 18-L-481

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