$1 million for Failure to Diagnose Bone Cancer
A 29-year old man visited his family practitioner complaining of knee pain, and then of debilitating back pain. A neurosurgeon recommended a pelvic MRI which the physician ignored and instead for the next year treated the patient for back sprain. The patient's pelvis spontaneously fractured; a large tumor was discovered and diagnosed as Ewing's sarcoma which had metastasized. Plaintiff successfully argued that had the MRI been performed as recommended, the cancer would have been found before it metastasized and the patient's likelihood of cure would have been 65 to 70 percent.
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