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$2.5 Million Awarded for Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer

Published April 14, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A Virgo County, Indiana jury has awarded $2.5 million to a now 42-year-old former police officer whose doctor failed to diagnose his colon cancer in 2004. The Tribune Star reports the lawsuit was filed against Dr. John Morse of AP&S Clinic in Terre Haute, Indiana in January 2009.

At 35-years-old, the man went to the doctor with rectal bleeding and complaints of other gastric discomforts. Neither a sigmoidoscopy nor colonoscopy was done to rule out colon cancer. An upper G.I. test was done because of other problems the patient reported. After moving to another state and consulting a different doctor in 2006, he was diagnosed with Stage 4, incurable colon cancer. He has been given less than a year to live.

Under Indiana’s statutory limit, the award will be reduced to $1.25 million.

The key to the successful treatment of cancer is an early diagnosis. A failure to diagnose cancer in its early stages or a delay in diagnosing cancer until after it has been present for a long period of time often results in death. If you feel you or a loved one has suffered because of a cancer misdiagnosis, turn to Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney. Call us at 1-800-TALK-LAW (1-800-825-5529) or use our online contact form. There is no case-review cost.

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