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Couple blames medical professionals for breakdown in wife's condition


By Shanice Harris | Nov 29, 2019

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EDWARDSVILLE -- A Madison County couple is suing Granite City medical provers, alleging negligent care caused the wife to experience health problems.

Julie Seest and Douglas Seest filed suit Sept. 11 in Madison County Circuit Court against Dr. Denis Kuzelj, Granite City Emergency Medicine Providers and Gateway Regional Medical Center, alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, Julie Seest often saw Kuzelj as her primary physician at Gateway Regional Medical Center and also received medical services from Granite City Emergency Medicine Providers as well. 

The suit alleges in April 2018, Seest went to the emergency room at Anderson Hospital, complaining of chest pains and also experiencing signs of an altered mental state. She was discharged but stayed in the parking lot, the suit states. 

The plaintiffs allege police were called and Seest was detained at the Madison County Jail where she experienced a manic breakdown and was involuntarily admitted to Gateway for hospitalization. Over the course of a few days, the suit states, her condition became worse. 

The Seests allege Kuzelj should have used his experience as a doctor to properly care and treat Julie Seest. By not doing so, the suit alleges, he discharged her without properly testing her for mental health issues. 

The Seests seek judgment of more than $50,000 and all just and proper relief. They are represented by attorneys Jarrod P. Beasley and Derrick Siegel of Kuehn, Beasley & Young PC in Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court Case number 2019L 001296

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