Woman’s Estate Wins $8.1 Million For Failed Cancer Diagnosis and Wrongful Death, Represented by Levin & Perconti
In 2016, Levin & Perconti attorneys John J. Perconti, Michael F. Bonamarte IV and Daniel A. Goldfaden filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a woman who should have been diagnosed with cancer when she was first X-rayed in 2013. It wasn’t until doctors at another hospital diagnosed her with stage 3 lung cancer in October 2014 that her illness was known. The delayed diagnosis caused Althea Wright’s disease to progress and go untreated. Sadly, she later died in 2015 at the age of 68. The suit was filed on behalf of Wright’s two children.
During a week-long trial in December 2019, a Cook County jury determined the estate of the deceased radiologist, Palmer Jane Blakley, MD, and the corporation tied to her closed practice must pay $8.125 million to remedy the missed cancer diagnosis. Blakley reviewed Wright’s scans, which showed a “rounded density” in her left lung, but she did not identify the mass or note any abnormality in Wright’s chart.
“As a result, Althea Wright experienced pain, suffering, disfigurement and utlimately death, which could have been prevented had her cancer been diagnosed in a timely manner,” said founding partner John Perconti.
Levin & Perconti attorneys cited the state’s Wrongful Death and Survival acts in the original suit, alleging that Blakley “failed numerous times” to appropriately diagnose Wright’s care. The jury also awarded the estate to receive $1 million from MertroSouth Medical Center.
Trial Outcomes Position Greater Physician Accountability and Give Grieving Families Closure
We depend on doctors to take advantage of opportunities to diagnose and treat patients correctly and in a timely manner. They are trusted to live up to that responsibility and perform their duties of care. When that trust is broken, they must be held accountable. Althea Wright’s cancer was diagnosable, treatable and curable.
“Dr. Blakley’s failure to take advantage of the opportunity for early detection cost Althea her life and her children – their mom,” continued John Perconti.
The jury is holding her estate and the corporation linked to her now-closed practice, Unimed Limited, liable for the damages. Levin & Perconti attorneys are currently investigating whether the defendants have assets to pay the amount.
Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits can take time and be very costly to litigate, so a family must choose a firm that has the resources to spend every dollar necessary to prosecute successfully. For over 20 years, our firm has represented clients in lawsuits against hospitals and health care providers in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois.
If you or a loved one suffered life-altering injuries or death due to a medical professional’s negligence we are here to listen to your questions and help you find answers. Call Levin & Perconti at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a free consultation with our team of attorneys today.