According to a Chicago medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a urologist and a medical center, the daughter of a 58-year-old man who died from bladder cancer alleges that her father was not timely told about the results of a pathology report that found cancer after her father had a biopsy of a bladder tumor. The pathology report allegedly was received by the defendant urologist one week after the biopsy procedure, which showed that the man had bladder cancer, but the urologist never advised the patient of the pathology results (the doctor had told the man shortly after the procedure that he was cancer-free, according to the malpractice allegations).
The man had a tumor removed from his bladder by the defendant urologist on January 24, 2011. The malpractice case claims that the patient was told at that time by the urologist that he was free of cancer; however, the defendant urologist alleges that the tumor was cancerous and that he had advised the man of the cancer diagnosis. The urologist further alleges that the man failed to follow his instructions regarding follow up care, and that the man failed to request a copy of the pathology report at that time.
A year after the biopsy, the man returned to the medical center, complaining of bladder pain and other issues and was diagnosed shortly thereafter with invasive bladder cancer. The 2012 cancer diagnosis was followed by the surgical removal of his bladder and prostate, followed by chemotherapy treatments. The man died as a result of bladder cancer in April 2013. Shortly before his death, the man filed his medical malpractice lawsuit. In discussing the continuing medical malpractice lawsuit, the man’s daughter stated, “I remember him saying to me that doctors are human, but negligence is not an accident.”
The malpractice lawsuit contends that had the man been told of his bladder cancer diagnosis and received appropriate treatment earlier instead of going one year without treatment, his chance of survival would have been much improved. The plaintiff’s expert contends that it was the defendant urologist’s responsibility to promptly and properly inform his patient regarding the pathology report that diagnosed the cancer, especially since the pathology findings were different (and much more serious) than the information that the urologist had allegedly provided to his patient shortly after the procedure. The expert further alleges that the defendant urologist was required to emphasize to his patient the need for extensive and timely follow up care and to advise that bladder cancer has a high recurrence rate.
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