$998,000 Settlement For Failure to Treat Skin Cancer
The two adult daughter of a 64-year-old man who died from untreated squamous cell carcinoma will receive a $998,000 settlement. The family believed that the man had told his primary care doctor about his skin lesion on several occasions, but there was no confirmation of this fact in the medical records. Crowe & Mulvey successfully located multiple witnesses, including family, neighbors, and another treating doctor, to substantiate the family’s claims, even though the doctor continued to deny that he was aware of the lesion. Squamous cell skin cancer, when diagnosed and treated before the lesion has extended beyond the local site has a 95% cure rate, and the man’s death was directly related to the two-year delay in diagnosis.