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New mother claims clinic, physician should have delivered by cesarean section, sues

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By John Breslin | Nov 8, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE - A clinic and one its physicians face a lawsuit over claims relating to a birth of a baby the plaintiff believes should have been delivered via cesarean section.

Laura Sandidge, who was under the care of Alton Multispecialists and the obstetrics and gynecological specialist from May 2018 to when the male child was born in January this year, filed her suit Oct. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Sandidge states in her claim that the clinic and physician failed to "timely and appropriately evaluate" a situation that involved an increased risk as this was the plaintiff's second pregnancy, the previous one also non-cesarean.

The defendants are alleged to have failed to properly consider the need for a cesarean section birth, or explain the risks involved in a second vaginal birth. Alton Multispecialists did not respond to a request for comment from the Record.

According to the complaint, the decisions made surrounding the birth of the baby led to the plaintiff suffering "severe and permanent injuries" to various parts of her body.

Sandidge was given an emergency hysterectomy and subsequently "multiple regimens" of medical care and treatment, the complaint alleges. She will, it is claimed, face future pain and suffering.

She will not be able to give birth to another child, and alleges she has suffered disfigurement, and is at an increased risk of future physical injury.

The same claims are made against the clinic and the individual defendant, with the plaintiff asking for more than $50,000 in damages.

Sandidge is represented by J. Michael Weilmuenster of Weilmuenster & Keck of Belleville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 2019-L-1545

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