An Ohio woman filed a medical malpractice case during July 2014 in which she alleges that the negligence of two treating physicians in failing to timely diagnose a cancerous tumor in her left knee for a period of seven months in 2010 led to her chances of survival decreasing from 70% (when her cancer was limited to her left leg) to 30%, when the correct diagnosis was finally made, because by then the cancer had spread to her lungs.
The woman’s saga began in December 2009, after she had experienced pain and loss of motion in her left knee that she thought was due to running; she sought treatment with the first of the two defendant physicians.
The physician initially ordered an x-ray of the woman’s left knee, which showed an abnormality in the bone that could be cancer. He then followed up by ordering an MRI of the woman’s knee, but his order was allegedly for an MRI of the woman’s right knee. The physician did not catch his error when he reviewed the MRI of the right knee, which was normal, after which he treated the woman’s left knee based on the right knee MRI.
The woman was subsequently treated by the second defendant physician, who examined the woman’s left knee and determined that she had an abnormality in her left knee that was suspicious for cancer. The second physician reviewed the earlier MRI of the woman’s right (healthy) knee and wrongfully relied on that MRI in his diagnosis and treatment decisions regarding the woman’s left knee.
The woman saw a third physician regarding her left knee who reviewed the previous x-rays that showed the abnormality in her left knee; he referred her to an orthopedic tumor specialist who then referred her to an oncologist, who correctly diagnosed her condition as osteosarcoma of the bone in her left leg, which had grown substantially and was by then a stage III cancer that had spread to her lungs.
The woman’s Ohio medical malpractice lawsuit seeks compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 for her months of pain, for the invasive procedures she had to endure due to the late diagnosis of her cancer, for the permanent injuries she sustained, and for her past and future medical expenses incurred due to the alleged medical negligence. The woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit names as defendants the first two physicians who were allegedly negligent in their diagnosis and treatment of her cancer based on their reliance of the MRI of her wrong knee, as well as their medical practices.
If you or a loved one may be the victim of cancer misdiagnosis or the late or delayed diagnosis of cancer, you should promptly seek the legal advice of a medical malpractice attorney in your U.S. state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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