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Wrongful-Death Suit Blames 3 Radiologists

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Three radiologists and their employers are blamed in a lawsuit for the 2011 death of a 60-year-old Illinois woman.

The lawsuit, filed in Rock Island County Circuit Court, names Christian Binder, MD, of the teleradiology company Virtual Radiologic, and Steven Cremer, MD, and Dipak Shah, MD, both with Advanced Radiology of Moline, Illinois. Quad-Cities Online, a Web site associated with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers, reported that the suit also lists nearly 30 respondents in discovery who could be named as defendants as discovery in the case proceeds.

Billy Thorington filed the wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of his late wife, Debra. Thorington is administrator of Debra Thorington’s estate.

According to the suit, Debra Thorington, a retired schoolbus driver, had outpatient surgery on June 6, 2011, for an incisional hernia. Five days later, the suit says, she was admitted to a hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

According to Quad-Cities Online:

The suit says Dr. Binder concluded from a CT scan that Mrs. Thorington had abdominal gas, possibly related to the recent surgery.

The next day, Dr. Cremer also concluded that a “nonspecific bowel-gas pattern” was causing her pain, the suit says.

Over the next several days, several other doctors saw Thorington. Finally, on June 26, surgery was performed. The lawsuit says surgeons found a perforated bowel and “extensive leakage of bowel contents.” Thorington died later that day.

The suit says Thorington suffered pain over the last few days of her life because of the doctors’ negligence. It says the defendants incorrectly interpreted her CT scans and failed to inform other physicians about possible health concerns that her tests indicated.

The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages, including compensation for medical, funeral, and burial expenses.

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