When a patient dies as the result of an error or negligence on the part of a medical professional, the family of the victim may seek compensation through civil litigation. Our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm explain that sometimes when such cases are filed, it may be in the best interests of both parties to settle the matter before going to trial.
Such a settlement was reached after the family of a man who died of lung cancer filed a $3 million lawsuit after two doctors failed to diagnose his condition. According to an article from The Roanoke Times, both physicians failed to recognize a mass growing on the patient’s lungs after taking chest X-rays.
The initial X-ray was taken as a pre-operative precaution before a knee replacement. A radiologist noticed a concerning area in the image; however, the physician examining the X-ray failed to follow up on the issue. The same thing happened a year later when the patient had his other knee replaced.
The cancerous masses went undiagnosed until the patient underwent a CT scan, but it was too late to effectively treat the disease at that point and the patient died.
The family of the victim later filed suit against the doctor’s involved, claiming the failure to address the masses seen in the X-rays directly resulted in the patient’s death. Weeks prior to the case going to trial, both parties reached a settlement of $1.3 million.
The Roanoke personal injury lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and our team hopes the settlement that was reached brings a sense of closure to the family of the victim.