A misdiagnosis of cancer led to a woman’s death. The woman’s mother had died of cancer so she was particularly concerned when she discovered a large bump on the top of her head. After seeing her doctor, he claimed the cyst was nonmalignant. It was removed a week later by a medical technician who then disposed of the cyst and did not send it for medical testing. A year later, the cyst came back but could not be removed because the woman was pregnant. The new doctor diagnosed it as sarcoma. The woman died later. Her husband filed a wrongful death medical malpractice suit against the original doctor. The jury found for the widow and held he should receive 1.5 million dollars in a medical malpractice award.
Read more about the large medical malpractice award here.