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Medical malpractice lawsuit settlement reveals lengthy malpractice history

In 1999, a 52 year-old woman had serious back pain and drove with her husband to the busy clinic of a doctor, whom they immediately liked because of his concern for the woman. Thirteen months later, that woman died from aggressive lymphoma that her husband now believes could have been the cause of the terrible back pain. Seven years after that, the doctor accused in a lawsuit of disregarding a sonogram that should have raised alarms about Joan’s cancer, settled with her estate for $925,000. The medical malpractice lawsuit settled six months before the state Health Department revealed that the doctor may have exposed thousands to hepatitis C and other bloodborne diseases by reusing syringes from multi-dose medicine vials.

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