A female patient is suing two physicians and their practice, alleging an inappropriate dose of a medication following her hand surgery negatively impacted her health and created complications.
Kimberly Jansen filed a lawsuit Aug. 25 in Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Jeffrey L. Visotsky, Susan Lewandowski and Illinois Bone & Joint Institute of Morton Grove, alleging medical malpractice in the 2013 incident.
According to the complaint, on June 12, 2013, the defendants performed surgery on Jansen’s right hand at Golf Surgical Center in Des Plaines to repair a fractured metacarpal bone. The suit says following surgery the defendants prescribed Keflex as a prophylactic against infection in an amount the plaintiff alleges was excessive and resulted in a Clostridium difficile infection from a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis.
The plaintiff charges the defendant with breach of duty of care and professional negligence in prescribing the medication, alleging its risks outweighed the benefits. The lawsuit states Jansen suffered abdominal pain, cramping, and diarrhea, requiring further medical attention.
Jansen seeks more than $50,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Allen Wiederer of Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015008661.