On June 17, 2021, a federal judge in Pennsylvania awarded a 46-year-old woman $1,335,000 after a jury found that the defendant doctor negligently failed to diagnose her ovarian cancer at a stage when it was treatable. The Maryland woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleged that she was referred to the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania OBGYN in January 2016 at which time he missed the diagnosis of her ovarian cancer at a time when surgery could have cured her. Instead, her cancer progressed to Stage IV by the time it was finally diagnosed in late 2017.
The defense argued that the woman’s symptoms were not consistent with a diagnosis of cancer and that her family history and her personal medical history were not suggestive of a cancer diagnosis. The defendant OBGYN claimed that he did not breach the standard of care.
The jury found that the defendant doctor did breach the standard of care and therefore awarded the woman, who said she expects to die during 2021, $1,335,000 in damages. The woman had sought $5 million in compensatory damages in her medical malpractice lawsuit.
The defendant OBGYN generally received high ratings on his medical practice’s website. However, one review stated: “Dr. Marks came in did an exam, asked “any questions” and left. Total time provider with patient=3 minutes..if that. The other 2 I’ve had in there, [provider name], … and the female PA (both no longer there unfortunately) at least sat down, discussed women’s health as well as giving an exam. Not Dr. Marks. How would I have questions if I’m not talked to about what I don’t know of to ask such as menopause? So of note, I looked at Dr. Mark’s documentation of the visit on my wellspan, and he notes date of my last period and about my period, which is incorrect. My question is: how would he know, he didn’t ask which is why his documentation is not accurate. That’s disappointing to see inaccurate documentation on my health record especially for continuity of care on something he didn’t discuss with me. So I’m wondering how many other patients his notes on them are made up information like mine. If he’d at least sit down, like they should, that makes a patient feel like they have their Dr’s undivided attention and time. Just coming into a room, doing an exam, “any questions” and out the door, I left feeling as though there was no compassion or concern, just get it done and on to the next.”
If you or a family member may be the victim of ovarian cancer misdiagnosis in Pennsylvania or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney, or a medical malpractice attorney in your state, who may investigate your ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claim for you and represent you or your family member in an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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