Family of Woman Who Died of Lung Cancer Awarded $13 Million

Family of Woman Who Died of Lung Cancer Awarded $13 MillionThe family of an Indiana woman who died in 2004 has been awarded $13 million in their medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who allegedly failed to diagnose her fatal lung cancer.

According to NBC Chicago, Phyllis Barnes' family argued that Dr. Mark Weinberger treated her for other ailments intentionally to make money, but failed to diagnose her cancer. His lawyers had tried to argue that the failure to diagnose was not intentional, as some cancers are difficult to detect. 

Days after Barnes' death of lung cancer, Weinberger disappeared during a family vacation, and was later found living in a tent on a mountain in Italy. He then pleaded guilty to 22 counts of healthcare fraud for billing patients for surgeries they never underwent, and still faces more than 350 medical malpractice lawsuits in Indiana, while his malpractice insurance provider is arguing it should not be liable for damages awarded against him, as he breached his contract by becoming an international fugitive, reports the news source.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 157,300 people died of lung cancer in 2010.