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Misdiagnosed Stomach Cancer Results in Settlement

Amount: Undisclosed
Court: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas

Plaintiff presented to his family doctor with stomach complaints for which he was provided medication and an ulcer was diagnosed. Patient then went to another internist who had performed by radiologist a radiographic study revealing a chronic antrum deformity, determining it to be chronic by history of the patient, rather than by prior radiological evaluation. Plaintiff still continued to complain about stomach pain. There was no follow up radiology evaluation or endoscopic evaluation and a year later the patient was diagnosed with stomach cancer from which he died. Plaintiff’s experts opined that all of his physicians failed to diagnose his stomach cancer in a timely fashion. The family doctor and radiologist were PIE (Physician Insurance Exchange) insured which became insolvent. Ohio Insurance Guaranty Association paid the settlement.

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