ST. LOUIS — A patient is suing a medical facility, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.
James Czech filed a complaint Aug. 18 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against BJC Health System Inc., doing business as BJC Healthcare, doing business as Washington University Physicians, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases, Medicine Multispecialty Center, alleging they failed their duty to render hospital and medical services consistent with the requirements of patients to avoid causing injury.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 20, 2015, he was treated by the defendant and underwent Infed infusion for his right hand. The plaintiff claims he suffered swelling of the arm after the infusion. As a result, Czech claims he sustained severe and permanent injuries to his right arm and hand, numbness and tingling, diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because it allegedly failed to properly monitor or assess the IV site for redness, swelling or tenderness in the plaintiff's right hand and arm at regular intervals during the infusion and failed to instruct the plaintiff regarding the signs and symptoms of infiltration and that he should be vigilant in checking for swelling during the infusion.
The plaintiff seeks judgment in a sum of money in excess of $25,000, which will fairly, adequately and completely compensate for injuries and for costs of this suit. He is represented by Mary E. Massa of Becker, Schroader & Chapman PC in Granite City, Illinois.
St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1722-CC11055