Woman sues husband’s doctor following apparent suicide — (The Cook County Record)

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The Cook County Record

January 6, 2014 10:27 AM

By Thomas Kallies

Joy Kubarek-Sandor, individually and as independent administrator of the Estate of Joseph Sandor, filed suit Nov. 12 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Dr. Mark Gindi, Chicago TMS Specialists LLC and Chicago Depression and Anxiety Specialists S.C.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff’s husband, Joseph Sandor, was diagnosed with dysthymic disorder by Michael Vernon on May 8, and was referred to Gindi for a psychiatric evaluation.

Gindi, the suit states, diagnosed Joseph with major depressive disorder on May 10 and prescribed him Lexapro, which he began taking on May 11 and stopped taking on May 20 because it made him psychologically numb.

Kubarek-Sandor claims Joseph met with Gindi and was prescribed him citalopram in June, after which time he saw both Gindi and Vernon on numerous occasions over the next month.

According to the complaint, the two agreed Joseph’s mood was unstable so Gindi increased his dose of citalopram from 10 milligrams to 20 milligrams. Kubarek-Sandor contends that Gindi never warned her or her husband that the increased dose could increase suicidal ideation.

On July 30, the plaintiff states that Joseph did not return home from work and she reported him missing to the Chicago Police Department the next day.

Kubarek-Sandor states that Michigan State Police found Joseph’s clothes and iPod on the shore of Lake Superior on Aug. 5. His truck, which contained a nine-page, hand-written suicide note, was found nearby and his body was discovered a few hours later on the shore of Lake Superior, according to the suit.

The suit states the medical examiner listed the cause of death as suicide by drowning. Kubarek-Sandor is suing the defendants for wrongful death, alleging his medication was not as closely monitored as it should have been.

She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented by Chicago attorney Alexander R. Hess.