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Neck Injury Lawsuit Stems from a Pain in the Neck

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Belleville, ILIt’s a back and neck injury of a different sort, in the form of an injection into the neck during treatment at the hospital. However, subsequent paralysis allegedly stemming from the injection has fostered a disabling injury and a subsequent neck injury compensation claim.

According to an account in the Madison County Record (12/18/15), plaintiff Bill Blechinger came under the care of various caregivers at St. Joseph’s Hospital, of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The nature of Blechinger’s illness or injury that led him to require care was not disclosed.

According to court documents associated with the lawsuit filed with help from the plaintiff’s neck injury lawyer, Blechinger came under the care of Dr. Alejandro J. Alvarado on March 20 of last year. A day later, on March 21, the plaintiff went to the emergency department (ER) at St. Joseph’s Hospital - again for an undisclosed ailment. At the ER, Blechinger’s care was assumed by Dr. Robert N. Corprew, as described in the Madison County Record.

As part of the treatment, an injection was administered allegedly by Dr. Corprew to the lumbar space (neck) of Blechinger. According to the lawsuit, the injection was undertaken absent of a sterile environment - or so it is alleged - and an infection took hold.

Blechinger claims the resulting infection has taken a huge toll on his health. Amongst other claims, the plaintiff asserts that he has become crippled and permanently disabled from the infection and the injection to the neck. He claims to have suffered substantial pain, mental anguish and disfigurement, and lost wages and income - not to mention incurring substantial medical expenses.

The neck injury compensation claim asserts that the plaintiff has been permanently prevented from attending to his normal duties. The plaintiff and his wife, Kimberly Blechinger, are seeking a minimum of $75,000 in neck injury compensation in addition to court costs and attorney fees. Amongst the defendants in the neck injury compensation lawsuit is HSMS Medical Group Inc., and Midwest Emergency Department Services.

The plaintiffs are from Illinois. The neck injury lawsuit asserts that due to his paralysis and other injuries allegedly stemming from the care he received in the ER on March 21 of last year, Blechinger is no longer capable of consorting with his wife.

The neck injury compensation lawsuit was filed November 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Case No. 15-L-661.


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This article calls an injection to the "lumbar space" as given in the neck. The neck is the cervical spine, while the lower back is the lumbar region. This doesn't negate the infection from lack of sterility but seems notable.


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