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$1.8M Settlement Awarded for 3-year Delay in Cancer Diagnosis

This is a settlement for the Medical Malpractice lawsuit.

Erie, PN: A $1.8 million settlement has been awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The case, brought by the estate of a 66-year old woman who died of metastatic lung cancer, sued the doctors involved, alleging they did not begin treating as early as they should have, as a cancerous lesion was found on X-ray a year before treatment began.

Carolyn Champlin had been a pack-a-day smoker for many years, and under the guidance of her primary care physician, began undergoing routine X-rays. The suit alleged that cancerous lesions were visible on X-ray as early as 1998, but the two physicians involved did not begin cancer treatment until 2003, after Champlin's retirement. The jury found the two physicians liable for a $1,821,529.40 verdict, absolving any hospitals of liability.

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Published on Jul-13-11


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