Lawsuit: Doctor didn’t inform patient of cancer
Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.chicagotribune.com
A west suburban woman is contending in court that a doctor neglected to share test results showing her father had cancer, which later killed him.
Her lawsuit states that Dr. Alan Sadah, a urologist who practices at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, told Edward Hines he was cancer-free after removing a tumor on his bladder in early 2011. A week later, a pathology report showed the Oak Park man had bladder cancer, but Sadah didn’t inform his patient, according to the suit.
Hines didn’t learn he had cancer until he visited another doctor a year later, said his daughter, Amber Hines, of Lyons, who is pursuing a medical malpractice suit her father filed a few months before his death in April 2013 at age 58. Attorneys from each side are to meet Friday to discuss details of the case.
Amber Hines says her father’s chances of survival would have been better if he had known the diagnosis earlier. "We went an entire year without treatment, which was extremely devastating," she said in an interview.
In court documents, Sadah contests Hines’ account of what happened after he removed the tumor on Jan. 24, 2011. The doctor says a cancerous lesion was found that day and that he told Hines he had cancer. Hines failed to follow up as Sadah instructed, he said.
Sadah also said Hines did not ask for the pathology report later. "Edward Hines failed to seek or obtain the results of the pathology report…