Cancer Misdiagnosis Leads to $3.5 Million Settlement

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Yesterday, the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard announced that they’d settled a medical malpractice suit on behalf of a client for $3.5 million dollars.  Led by founding partner Bradley Corsiglia, the case detailed the story of a young engineer whose persistent complaints of a cough were dismissed and misdiagnosed by a doctor.  Time after time, as the cough became more serious — first percussive, then bloody, then life-threatening — the doctor based diagnosis on the engineer’s first, misread x-ray and did not order any new x-rays or tests based on new and (to my layman’s eyes) pretty startling developments.  Nearly a year and a half after the doctor’s first diagnosis of post-nasal drip, the engineer was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung, where it was determined that the man has stage four terminal lung cancer and but two short years to live.

Mr. Corsiglia demonstrated that evidence of the cancer was present in the doctor’s first x-ray test, the misreading of which had led to the prescription of over-the-counter medicine.  If the diagnosis had been correct at the beginning, and confirmed with more exacting tests such as a CT scan, the then-stage-one and curable cancer would have been detected.  Instead, the engineer will leave behind a wife and 5-year-old son thanks to his now-incurable cancer.  After a couple months of litigation, the firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard negotiated a settlement of $3.5 million for the man and his family in compensation for the fatal misdiagnosis.

Lawyer.com is proud to list Mr. Corsiglia and co. among our premium lawyers, and we congratulate them on their successful settlement.  To find out more about the law firm, which both specializes in and is arguably the best Northern California has to offer for medical malpractice law, check out their lawyer.com premium profile or visit their website.