Lawsuit accuses gynecologist Dr. Vernon Cannon of examining intoxicated patients

Lawsuit accuses gynecologist Dr. Vernon Cannon of examining intoxicated patients

Lawsuit accuses gynecologist Dr. Vernon Cannon of examining intoxicated patients

Lawsuit accuses obstetrician of examining intoxicated patients


Lawsuit accuses obstetrician of examining intoxicated patients

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Several women are suing an obstetrician-gynecologist and the healthcare system he worked for, accusing him of having an inappropriate relationship with a patient and treating several others while intoxicated, Charlie De Mar reporting from CBS Chicago.

Dr. Vernon Cannon was an obstetrician-gynecologist at DuPage Medical Group, now known as Duly Health and Care.

On Wednesday, attorneys at Chicago law firm Hurley McKenna & Mertz filed five misconduct lawsuits against Cannon and Duly Health and Care.

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Dr. Vernon Cannon

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“Everyone wants to feel safe when they go to see their doctor,” said former patient Karin Stortz. “Especially as a woman, I can say that’s like the most vulnerable position you find yourself in – especially when you bring life into the world.”

Stortz says she saw Dr. Cannon for what was supposed to be a routine prenatal checkup in 2019 at what is now Duly Health and Care in Wheaton.

“When I met him, the breakdown was brief – about five minutes. Dilated pupils, slurred speech, didn’t even make good eye contact with me,” Stortz said. “It didn’t even look like I was really there.”

Stortz said her knee-jerk reaction was that something was wrong — even though she doubted herself.

“I kind of downplayed it. I was like, ‘Hey, you know what? You are hormonal. You are just pregnant. You suffer from anxiety. Do not worry about that. “But the truth is my instincts were right, and what I observed was correct, and so I just encourage that if anyone else has had this experience, to come forward.”

In addition to the five new complaints, Cannon was already facing two previous lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault.

“We believe an intoxicated person cannot practice medicine,” said attorney Michael Mertz, a partner at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, PC.

The patient care complaints about Dr. Cannon that were submitted to the health care system in 2019 should have been a red flag, the lawyers behind the lawsuits said.

One patient wrote that Cannon was “difficult to understand” and “seemed to be articulate when speaking to me”.

Another wrote: “I hope he’s not on call when I have my baby. I won’t feel well at all.”

In 2016, Dr. Cannon was arrested and charged with domestic battery while intoxicated.

“In light of these three complaints and this arrest, we believe that there are no circumstances in which Dr. Cannon should have practiced medicine at DuPage Medical Group in 2018 and 2019 and beyond,” said attorney Evan Smola of Hurley, McKenna. & Mertz, CP

At the heart of most lawsuits, Dr. Cannon is accused of being intoxicated during exams.

But another patient said she had sex with the doctor – which the complaint says was not only inappropriate, but unethical.

Another lawsuit accuses Cannon of bizarre behavior after the patient suffered a stillbirth.

Cannon did not respond to requests for comment.

Duly Health and Care said Cannon has not worked there since 2020.

“We are aware of new cases of misconduct by Dr. Vernon Cannon, a former DMG physician who has not been part of the medical group since 2020. Patient care and safety are our top priorities. We take all allegations seriously. misconduct. Given the nature of these cases and out of respect for the parties involved, we will not comment further on these legal proceedings,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

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