Wrongful death caused by failure to order appropriate diagnostic testing.
A radiologist recommended a CT scan to analyze a live mass observed in the patient’s abdominal ultrasound images. Unfortunately, the CT scan failed
to identify a liver mass, detecting only cirrhosis of the liver. As a result, no further recommendation to perform an MRI or a liver biopsy was made. A year later, the plaintiff had metastatic liver cancer that had spread to his heart. Two months later, the plaintiff died from multiple organ failure. We successfully argued that the failure to order additional diagnostic testing was in fact a deviation from accepted standards of care and the delay in diagnosis resulted in the patient’s cancer spreading, which increased the risk of death. (Attorney Paul O’Connor handled the case.)