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Medical Malpractice: 1 dies after delay in cancer diagnosis

There are a multitude of medical conditions that could exhibit similar symptoms, some of which could be more severe than others. When patients in Tennessee visit a medical facility for treatment, they typically expect doctors to be thorough with their diagnosis, as failing to identify a serious health concern could prove harmful. A $4.2 million judgment has been awarded to the estate of a man in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a late cancer diagnosis reportedly led to his untimely death.

According to the lawsuit, the incident began when a hospital performed a test that indicated the presence of blood in his urine. He was subsequently referred to a specialist, and after taking images of his kidneys, medical professionals informed him that the blood indicated the presence of cancer. However, upon looking into his medical records, they reportedly found that his primary physician had located blood during a urinalysis two years prior.

Although this test reportedly suggested the presence of red blood cells, his doctor decided not to refer him to a specialist. In major health concerns such as cancer, receiving a swift diagnosis could prove essential to providing a patient with the necessary care. The lawsuit states that the delay in treatment caused his condition to deteriorate significantly, as the cancer grew and spread to the point of no longer being treatable.

Losing someone close due to the negligence of a medical professional is surely devastating. Families who suffer such a loss may be entitled to compensation, and since the process can be complex, they could find it helpful to consult with an attorney early on. An attorney can assist a client in Tennessee in pursuing the full amount of restitution to which he or she is entitled through a medical malpractice claim.

Source: lowellsun.com, "Billerica man's estate wins $4.2M medical malpractice suit", Aaron Curtis, April 3, 2018

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