Patient files medical malpractice lawsuit over alleged failure to treat infection


A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois doctor and a medical center by a patient who alleges that her foot infection was not properly treated.

Rebecca Merrill filed the lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court on March 3, against a medical center in southern Illinois and a Highland doctor. The lawsuit claims that after Merrill had surgery on her broken left foot on August 13, 2012, an infection developed but was not properly treated. According to the lawsuit, the infection required further surgery and caused permanent disfigurement. As a result, the patient has been left with a severe disability and the future possibility of the loss of her foot entirely, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit alleges that the infection was diagnosed on November 21, 2012, but the defendants did not treat the infection. According to the suit, because of the delay in treatment, Merrill required further surgery to remove joint hardware, leaving her disabled and with her ankle disfigured. Merrill claims in the lawsuit that her ankle now has a “grotesque appearance” and that her functionality is severely limited.

Misdiagnosis and failure to provide proper treatment are among the most common types of medical malpractice.

The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $100,000, plus costs. The case number is Madison County Circuit Court number 15-L-282.

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit

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