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Patient accuses Belleville kidney dialysis services of negligence


By Sarah Downey | Aug 9, 2019

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BELLEVILLE -- A lawsuit filed July 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court alleges a Belleville dialysis clinic acted negligently while administering treatment to a female patient. 

Jacqueline Culley's suit alleges a needle became dislodged from her arm as she underwent a medical procedure at DaVita Metro East Dialysis in Belleville on July 13, 2017.

According to the allegations, the defendants “Negligently and carelessly evaluated [the] patient before dialysis for suitable venous access, negligently and carelessly gained access to venous system in [the] plaintiff’s upper extremity, negligently and carelessly maintained access to venous system in her upper extremity, negligently and carelessly failed to monitor dialysis treatment and negligently and careless[ly] treated patient after the needle became dislodged.”

The suit states that as a result of the failure to properly treat Culley, she sustained past and future medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and loss of her normal enjoyment of life.

“It was the duty of the defendants to use reasonable and ordinary care of healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities in their care and treatment of Jacqueline Culley,” according to the suit. “All of the aforementioned injuries occurred through no fault of the plaintiff." 

The litigation seeks more than $50,000 in damages plus court costs from DaVita Inc. and its parent company, Renal Life Link Inc. DaVita operates more than 2,400 dialysis clinics, according to its website.

Culley’s attorney, Lloyd M. Cueto of Belleville said in an e-mail to the Record that he could not comment on pending litigation.

A spokesman at DaVita’s Colorado headquarters did not respond to a request for comment.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-511

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