Judge William Maddux of the Circuit Court of Cook County entered an order approving the $800,000.00 settlement of a lawsuit filed by Steven Levin and Michael Bonamarte of the law firm of Levin & Perconti. Levin and Bonamarte filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family of Carmen Preciado, who died as a result of squamous cell bladder cancer.
Carmen Preciado was a patient of the two defendant doctors and HMO clinic for several years. On October 25, 2002 Carmen went to the HMO clinic and was seen by Dr. Pulido and had signs and symptoms of hematuria, which is blood in the urine, and painful urination. Carmen again went to the clinic on November 8, 2002 and again reported painful urination; this time to Dr. Chacko. The lawsuit alleged that Dr. Pulido and Dr. Chacko were negligent by failing to recognize Carmen’s signs and symptoms and refer Carmen to a urologist for a cystoscopy in a timely fashion in October and November of 2002. Carmen returned to the clinic in January of 2003 and was finally referred to a urologist who performed a cystoscopy and diagnosed squamous cell bladder cancer. The delay in referral delayed Carmen’s diagnosis and treatment. The lawsuit claimed that if Carmen was referred to a urologist in October or November of 2002 her cancer would have been diagnosed while it was still contained in the bladder and she could have been successfully treated. To read more, click here.