Award in excess of a million dollars - A 54-year-old nurse from Uniontown, Fayette County, experienced a two-year delay in diagnosing lung cancer because a radiologist at a hospital in Connellsville, Fayette County, "missed" an obvious spot on her lung that should have been seen on a CT scan. Because of the delay, what started out as a small tumor that could have been successfully treated turned into something that could not be cured. The patient endured months and months of very agonizing chemotherapy but eventually lost her battle with cancer. We proved that the radiologist should have seen the cancer. We proved that the radiologist should have seen the cancer in the beginning, and we were able to obtain an an award in excess of a million dollars for the nurse's two adult daughters.
Significant award of approximately $1 million - A retired man from Erie had a routine chest X-ray done before entering the hospital for surgery on his leg. The chest X-ray showed suspicious signs that he might have lung cancer, but his doctor never read the report of the X-ray results and, as a result, the man was never referred for further investigation of the nodule in his lung. Another two years passed by before anyone investigated the nodule. It was found to be cancerous, but by that time, it was too late for successful treatment, and the man died approximately one year later. We filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice claim and obtained a significant award of approximately $1 million on behalf of this man's widow.
Seven-figure recovery for Washington County man whose 67-year-old wife died due to a delay in diagnosing lung cancer. This woman, who was not a smoker, had a long-standing inflammatory condition in her lungs known as Sarcoidosis. Therefore, when some abnormal growths/masses showed up on her chest x-ray, the doctor believed that it was simply an extension of her long-standing Sarcoidosis and, therefore, no biopsy of the mass was done. Some six years went by before the lung cancer was diagnosed, but by that time it had metastasized to other parts in the body and the condition was not curable. Click here to read the full case summary.
Seven-figure recovery for a lung cancer victim -A Pittsburgh resident in his late 50s died as a result of a delay in diagnosing lung cancer. The cancer was first "missed" on a CT scan done in early 2012 at a private hospital, and then in 2013 at a Veterans Hospital in the Pittsburgh area. The patient had a chest x-ray which was suspicious for possible cancer, and it was recommended that a CT scan be performed, but someone at the hospital "dropped the ball," and the CT was never scheduled until more than a year later. By that time, the tumor had doubled in size. Read the full case summary here.