A Georgia medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit filed against Kaiser Permanente has reportedly been settled for a confidential amount. The Georgia medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit that was filed in October 2017 by a 25-year-old man’s widow alleged that Kaiser Permanente and two of its physicians negligently failed to diagnose the man’s testicular cancer that delayed treatment for six months. As a result, the man was diagnosed when it was stage three testicular cancer that had spread to his liver and other parts of his body. He died on February 28, 2016, following chemotherapy.
The Alleged Underlying Facts
The man had gone to a Kaiser medical clinic on August 12, 2015, complaining about a mass he could feel on his left testicle and pain he was having in his back and lower abdomen. The Kaiser doctor failed to perform a physical examination or order an ultrasound of his testicle but instead referred him to a Kaiser urologist. The man was seen by the Kaiser urologist on October 16, 2015, who was unable to feel a mass but instructed the man to perform a self-examination at home for a possible cancerous mass.
The man returned to the Kaiser medical clinic on November 20, 2015, complaining of continuing pain in his abdomen. The Kaiser doctor again failed to order an ultrasound but did prescribe muscle relaxers for his abdominal pain.
Due to his continuing pain and symptoms, the man sought a second opinion at a different Kaiser medical clinic on December 28, 2015, during which his complaints were allegedly not taken seriously. He returned to the first Kaiser medical clinic on December 31, 2015, where he was diagnosed with lumbar strain.
The man sought medical care at a hospital in late January 2016 and early February 2016, which resulted in the diagnosis of stage three testicular cancer in mid-February 2016.
The widow’s Georgia medical malpractice attorney stated, “If these Kaiser doctors had bothered to order a simple ultrasound, they would have made the cancer diagnosis months earlier, and [her husband] would still be with us today.”
Kaiser Permanente issued a statement after the settlement was announced, stating, “The allegation of malpractice is unfounded. We settled this case for what we consider a more than reasonable sum to avoid protracted litigation both for ourselves and the widow. We recommend and perform ultrasounds for all abnormal testicular masses in every at-risk male.”
The plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawyer stated, “We viewed this as a case of almost overwhelming liability. This young man kept coming back and reported a mass on his testicle.”
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