$1.45 Million for Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer
Sickels, Frei and Mims partners Steve Frei and Gary Mims won a $1.45 million settlement for a 65 year old retired Army officer for his HMO's failure to diagnose prostate cancer. The plaintiff was screened for prostate cancer by his HMO but was never informed that his PSA was elevated at 5.6 (0-4 is normal) nor was he treated. Two years later, the plaintiff changed providers and a PSA test came back at over 32.00. Unfortunately, by that time, the cancer had metastasized and was incurable.