$1 million for office misfiling of lab test

The family of a 42-year-old man has received a settlement of $1 million—the defendant doctor’s entire insurance policy—as a result of his preventable death from colon cancer. The man had routine stool testing which was as showing microscopic blood—a potential sign of colon cancer. The result was returned to his physician, who filed it away and neglected to report the abnormality to the patient for more than six months. When complaints of abdominal pain and diarrhea finally brought the patient to another doctor, the report finally surfaced, but the cancer had spread to an advanced stage and become incurable. He left a wife and two young children.