A patient who says he encountered many post-operative troubles after surgeries to repair his curved spine is suing a hospital and three doctors.
Davonte Harris filed a lawsuit July 1 in Cook County Circuit Court against Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. Russell Knockles, Dr. Dustin Hayward and Dr. John Santaniello.
According to the complaint, on July 1, 2013, Harris was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for a right thorocotomy with discetomy to correct a scoliotic curve in his back. Knockles performed these procedures July 1, 3 and 4, and Harris continued to be an inpatient until July 30, 2013, the suit says, and Harris was under the care of all three defendant doctors during this time.
The lawsuit states each defendant caused Harris to sustain a spinal infarction and failed to diagnose this infarction and provide treatment for the infarction. The suit also alleges they placed a right chest tube resulting in a collapsed lung and for being reckless during Harris' surgeries.
Harris seeks damages exceeding $200,000, plus costs. He is represented by attorney Daniel R. McLean of Karlin, Fleisher and Falkenberg in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006733.