Suit alleges woman’s untreated brain hemorrhage led to her permanent disability

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is accused of failing to properly diagnose and treat a patient’s brain hemorrhage, which allegedly caused her to be permanently disabled.

Tracy Perkins, as guardian of the person and Estate of Ralpha Perkins-Davis, a disabled person, filed a complaint Jan. 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Kevin Thompson, M.D., Huzefa Chinwala, M.D., and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of the Hospital Sisters of The Third Order of St. Francis, doing business as HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, alleging medical malpractice.

According to the complaint, Ralpha Perkins-Davis went to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s urgent care on Sept. 22, 2019, allegedly suffering from a “severe” headache and pressure behind her eyes. She was discharged on the same day. The plaintiff alleges, two days later, Perkins-Davis was seen at St. Elizabeth’s ER and was again sent home without any diagnostic testing being done on her head. The plaintiff claims that later that same day, Perkins-Davis began experiencing slurred speech and weakness on one side of her body and was then taken by EMS to Memorial Hospital and diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. Perkins-Davis allegedly had to be flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where she received treatment and has been left disabled.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to give Perkins-Davis the immediate medical treatment she required, including failing to conduct proper diagnostic testing. As a result, Perkins-Davis suffers from severe and permanent injuries.

The plaintiff seeks compensation of more than $50,000 and all other just relief.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

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