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Former inmate sues doctor for failure to diagnose cancer

When a Pittsburgh resident goes to the doctor they assume that they will receive the correct diagnosis and treatment. But for a handful of residents each year their doctor has a failure to diagnose cancer which can lead to delayed treatment. A former inmate is suing a mobile imaging lab and one of its doctors for failing to diagnose his gastric cancer.

A man from Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against MobilexUSA Inc. and one of their doctors for failing to diagnose his gastric cancer. The man was an inmate at SCI Quehanna Boot Camp when he was seen in the medical area because of bowel problems. He underwent an upper GI test by a mobile unit. The next day the test was misread by the doctor who failed to see the abnormal gastric mass lesion.

Because the mass was not seen the man's condition worsened. He had to have a blood transfusion because of anemia and then had an endoscopy which showed the cancer. He has undergone chemotherapy and radiation. His lawsuit alleges that he suffered intense pain, discomfort and emotional distress because of the delayed diagnosis.

When a person believes they have suffered because of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what happened to cause the missed diagnosis. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. It is important that medical providers make sure their diagnosis are accurate so that patients don't needlessly suffer.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Former inmate sues doctor, alleging failure to diagnose gastric cancer", Sept. 24, 2015

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