$250,000 – Judgment against Doctor for wrongful death/medical malpractice in failing to diagnose colon cancer

Plaintiffs were the wife and adult children of a man who was a marathon runner in his 40’s when his doctor failed to timely diagnose colon cancer causing his untimely death. The decedent had been suffering from rectal bleeding and other symptoms that could be indicative of colon cancer.

However, Defendant doctor did not timely order the tests, including a colonoscopy, that were required to be done to definitively rule out cancer. By the time Defendant doctor did order the colonoscopy, the cancer had metastasized and it led to the untimely death of the Plaintiff’s husband and father.

The Defendant never offered any money to settle the case.

Kelli Burritt was an associate at another law firm when she co-tried this case.

Result: $250,000 judgment for Plaintiffs (the original judgment was over $400,000, however, it was reduced due to some comparative fault placed on the decedent)