A woman is suing an Illinois medical practice and one of its physicians over claims of negligence.

Elizabeth Pitcher filed a complaint Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division against David Charnota, D.P.M. and Alpine Foot Specialists PC, alleging negligence.

From July 5, 2013, to April 11, 2014, the complaint states, the defendants provided medical care to Pitcher, and Charnota performed two surgeries on her. Charnota diagnosed Pitcher as suffering from a partial tear of the tibialis anterior tendon in her left foot, recommending and ultimately performing surgery for this diagnosis on Aug. 14, 2014, at which time he also surgically repaired an Achilles tendon tear.

Later, Charnota diagnosed Pitcher as suffering from a complete rupture of the left tibialis anterior tendon, recommending and ultimately performing surgery for this diagnosis on Nov. 27, 2013, according to the complaint.

The complaint states the defendants were negligent in failing to reasonably attempt adequate conservative and non-operative treatment prior to performing the initial surgery in August 2013, improperly and unnecessarily performing the Achilles tendon repair during the August 2013 surgery, failing to properly repair the ruptured tibialis anterior tendon during the November 2013 surgery, and failing to render medical treatment consistent with Pitcher's needs.

As a result, the complaint states, Pitcher has suffered injuries that required additional surgeries.

Pitcher seeks a judgment against the defendants in excess of the jurisdictional limits of this court. She is represented by Peter D. Tarpey of Tarpey Jones & Schroeder LLC in Chicago.

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