Pretzel & Stouffer

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Secure Winning Verdict for Physician in Cancer Diagnosis Case

Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Charles Redden and Amy Thompson recently secured a not-guilty verdict for an obstetrician-gynecologist and her employer in a malpractice suit. The plaintiff claimed that the physician failed to diagnose her cancer in a timely manner, only diagnosing it when it was stage 4 and forcing her to undergo extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff’s experts argued at trial that the physician should have detected the patient’s cancer when it was stage 0, and that the patient would not have needed chemotherapy or radiation if the physician had diagnosed the cancer promptly. Post-treatment complications required the patient to undergo hip replacement surgery, and one of the replacement hips later became infected, requiring another surgery where the surgeon accidentally severed the patient’s sciatic nerve. The plaintiff asked for $7.5 million at trial, but a jury issued a verdict in favor of the physician and her medical practice.

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