$2.5 Million Awarded in Misdiagnosis of Colon Cancer Lawsuit

$2.5 Million Awarded in Misdiagnosis of Colon Cancer LawsuitAn Indiana jury recently awarded a former police officer $2.5 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who allegedly failed to diagnose his colon cancer. In awarding this amount, the jury was unaware that the state's medical malpractice awards are capped at $1.25 million, and the damages that go to plaintiff Jeffrey W. Davis will be reduced to this amount, according to the Terre Haute Tribune Star.

Davis visited defendant Dr. John Morse of AP&S Clinic in Terre Haute at the age of 35, experiencing rectal bleeding and other gastric symptoms. Morse allegedly did not order a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to rule out colon cancer, and when Davis visited another doctor in Arizona complaining of rectal bleeding, it turned out colon cancer is what he had, according to the suit. At that stage, it was incurable, and Davis has been given a prognosis of one year to live, according to his medical malpractice attorney.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there were more than 140,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer in 2010, and more than 50,000 people died of these diseases that year.