On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Failure to Diagnose on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

When dealing with the prospect of something as serious as cancer, most patients hope to have a relationship with their doctors that they can trust. Tragically, this was not the case for one prominent university professor who died from colon cancer. Initially, his doctors displayed a failure to recognize symptoms of the cancer that he was suffering from. The doctor’s group recently shelled out $150,000 to settle a medical malpractice suit that had been filed against them for the man’s death. Patients in Texas suffering from a similar mishandling may take note of the results.

In 2004, the professor had undergone a colonoscopy to have a benign polyp removed. The doctors who treated him at the hospital urged that he have a repeat colonoscopy to ensure his health in the future. However, when five years rolled by, the lawsuit states that his doctors refused to order another colonoscopy.

When he began to experience significant pain in his abdomen, his symptoms were waved away as simple bowel dysfunction. This was even blamed on medication that he was taking in order to control the pain from breaking his ribs a month prior. As the pain escalated, however, he went back to the doctor’s office and finally received his diagnosis — colon cancer.

The professor ultimately died from his colon cancer, something that his lawyer believes might not have happened if the doctors had ordered the repeat colonoscopy as originally suggested. The failure to recognize symptoms of something as serious as cancer can result in life-altering consequences for the patient, such as death, overwhelming medical bills and potentially long-lasting pain and suffering. When faced with a doctor’s mishandling of a medical situation, Texas patients may find that successfully litigated medical malpractice lawsuit can help cover the cost of serious mistakes such as this.

Source: press-citizen.com, Ryan J. Foley, Jan. 21, 2014