$6 Million Verdict for Failure to Diagnose Throat Cancer
We represented the Estate of a man whose doctor failed to diagnose his throat cancer. Our client had gotten a Positron Emission Tomography [PET] scan which showed an area of increased uptake, which is a sign of cancer. His doctor performed a fiberoptic examination of the inside of our client’s throat, but this type of fiberoptic examination does not always reveal a small growth. The standard of care, in order to rule out cancer, is to do a follow-up PET scan and fiberoptic examination within three months. The doctor failed to recommend such follow-up.
A year later our client’s cancer became symptomatic. The cancer was diagnosed and aggressively treated, but it was too late. He died two years later, at age 71.
The jury awarded $6 million to our client’s Estate and his wife in compensation for his wrongful death.