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Monday, August 19, 2019

Complaint over treatment at medical center withdrawn, according to facility

State Court

By John Breslin | Aug 8, 2019

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS -- A St. Clair County medical center representative said that after it was sued by a former patient, it received notice that the plaintiff plans to withdraw the complaint. 

Plaintiff Henry Coleman filed the complaint in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Fairview Heights Medical Group and two of its staff members.

He accused the defendants of failing to spot a tumor in his kidney. 

However, when contacted Tuesday, a representative of the medical center who wished to remain anonymous told the Record that the defendants received an email stating that the plaintiff has withdrawn his complaint. 

"We are retrieving the email...the case has been dismissed," the representative said.

Court records did not immediately show that papers have been filed stating the complaint has been withdrawn. An attorney for the plaintiff did not respond to a call asking for confirmation.

Coleman filed his complaint in connection with a visit to Fairview Heights facility in July 2017.

He claimed that the center and staff had a duty to provide medical care and treatment to the public, particularly in the area of internal medicine.

The suit claimed that the center and named staff members negligently and carelessly failed to test the plaintiff for a kidney mass/tumor.

Further, Coleman claims the defendants failed to diagnose his tumor and that no tests were carried out to find out whether it was within his kidney.

As a direct result of one or more of these acts, Coleman alleges he suffered "serious and significant" injuries to his kidneys.

He separately required hospital visits and care to remove the tumor, according to the complaint.

As a result, Coleman claims he suffered great pain and anguish. He also claimed to have missed numerous work days and will continue to do so in the future.

The plaintiff is represented by Gary Mack of Gary Mack Law Offices in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-509

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