Part II: Single mom with cancer alleges medical malpractice

Posted on behalf of The Bell Law Firm, PLLC on Jan 10, 2013 in Doctor Errors

In our previous West Virginia medical malpractice blog post, we shared the story of a single New York mom who has filed a lawsuit against doctors who she says botched her care for two years.

During those two years, her lung cancer went undiagnosed and untreated. It was left to grow and spread to her brain, spine and liver. She now has been given six months to live.

Her story doesn't end there, however. The woman is mother to a 15-year-old severely retarded girl. The mom is understandably worried about what will happen to her vulnerable daughter after she is gone.

There's even more to the story: according to news reports, doctors believe her cancer could have been effectively treated had it been diagnosed and addressed after her initial ER visit in early 2010.

Early last summer, her doctor wrote a candid note on her chart about a visit with her, stating that he had informed the woman that her February 2010 chest X-ray revealed a cancer nodule. He went on to mention that it isn't clear from the evidence that a timely diagnosis of the cancer would have led to a cure, but that it very well could have been effectively addressed by surgery.

An attorney for another doctor (the one who saw her on her initial ER visit) at the New York hospital said the woman's life could have been saved had someone bothered to look at her radiology report in the two years that elapsed after that first ER visit.

Now she faces premature death, and even worse for her, the realization that she will leave her vulnerable, young daughter behind.

It's an unspeakable tragedy; one she hopes to mitigate somewhat with a medical malpractice lawsuit that might result in compensation that can be used to care for her daughter.

Source: New York Daily News, "Hospital's mistake leaves single Brooklyn mom with 6 months to live," Heidi Evans, Jan. 6, 2013

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