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Jury Awards $16.7 Million Award in Cancer Lawsuit

A radiologist reportedly missed evidence of lung cancer in a chest X-ray.

The daughter of a woman who died after a radiologist reportedly missed evidence of lung cancer in a chest X-ray has been awarded $16.7 million by a jury.

The award, which was against Dr. Peter Clarke of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the largest medical malpractice case in Massachusetts this year, reported The Boston Globe.

Jeanne Ellis died at the age of 47 in August 2008. She visited the Brigham and Women’s emergency room in August 2006 complaining of a persistent cough.

A chest X-ray was ordered and Clarke reportedly read the X-ray and didn’t find a problem.

A year later, Ellis returned after her symptoms worsened and doctors found advanced lung cancer that had spread to other parts of her body.

Clarke’s lawyer, Philip E. Murray told The Boston Globe that he plans to ask for a new trial.

Read the full Boston Globe article.


Rob C June 30, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Sorry for the loss of her mother but it is not the Dr's fault of missing a smudge on an xray that she died. From the sounds of it not much could have been done anyway if it spread that fast. I am sure her over 30 years of smoking were the cause of her problems and not the Dr. Another example of lack of responsibility of ones actions and a sue happy environment. Healthcare costs are so high to cover the cost of lawsuits like this one.
malcolm nichols July 01, 2014 at 08:50 AM
We need to stop using ER as our primary care doctor. A patient's life history can not be MD's responsibility every time they walk in emergency room.
Rob_Mc July 01, 2014 at 09:23 AM
So she had a persistent cough for a YEAR and only went to the Dr twice??
Mark Kaepplein July 01, 2014 at 09:38 AM
I'm surprised to learn a radiologist here read them, not one in India or elsewhere under contract reading most X-rays now.
Anne July 02, 2014 at 07:11 PM
Tell me that it's not the doctor's or pathologist's fault when they miss a smudge on an x-ray. Unless you've lost someone due to the complacency and negligence of doctors then who are you to judge. And even after a settlement, these doctors are still allowed to practice... go figure????? It could be your loved one next.

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