Illinois Man Files Medical Malpractice Suit Over Foot Amputation

Medical malpractice suit filed over foot amputationA man from Glen Carbon, Illinois, has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and two other defendants for allegedly failing to properly diagnose a case of septic shock.

Adam C. Elliott claims he visited Anderson Hospital in 2008, where doctors diagnosed him with viral pharyngitis and sent him home after placing him on a conservative management, the St. Clair Record reports. Elliott claims he returned to the hospital two days later and was treated by Dr. Christopher T. Cruz, who confirmed the diagnosis of viral pharyngitis and allegedly sent him home without a prescription or additional treatment.

Another two days after this second visit, Elliott showed up in the hospital's emergency room again, where he was diagnosed with septic shock and transported by helicopter to another hospital, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit. Though he claims to have been properly treated at this second hospital, the delay in diagnosing the septic shock caused him to need a double-amputation of both his feet, as well as causing him to incur significant medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. 

He seeks more than $150,000 in damages from Cruz, Anderson Hospital and Emergency Consultants, an employer of Cruz. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are studies that suggest that the mortality rate for severe sepsis or septic shock may be as high as 50 percent.