West Virginia Woman Says Doctor Failed to Diagnose Husband’s Colon Cancer

West Virginia Woman Says Doctor Failed to Diagnose Husband's Colon CancerA West Virginia woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and his practice after they allegedly failed to run tests that would have detected her husband's colon cancer, which ultimately proved fatal.

The suit says that Earl R. Davis entered into Dr. Robert S. Childers' care in 2006 and remained in his care until 2010, when he was admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center with jaundice and abdominal distention. There, he was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, and died of the disease within a month.

Now, his widow seeks damages from Childers and the practice that employs him, Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG). According to her medical malpractice lawsuit, neither the doctor nor the hospital recommended that her husband undergo a colonoscopy or any other type of colon cancer screening during the years he was in their care. They also did not investigate whether he had gotten a colonoscopy in the past, the suit claims.

According to its website, HIMG is located in Huntington, West Virginia, and started as a four-physician partnership in 1969.