In September 2007, a Douglas County jury handed down one of the largest medical malpractice awards in county history. The jury awarded $4 million to the family of a man who died from colorectal cancer after the man’s physician failed to remove a colon polyp originally discovered in 1991. The physician also failed to monitor the polyp properly, allowing it to grow into a cancer that went undiagnosed until 2001.
The man, who had a family history of colon cancer, wanted to be proactive by undergoing colon cancer screening in his forties. His physician identified the polyp in 1991 but decided to monitor it instead of removing it. After using a proctoscope – a lighted tube used to examine the anus, rectum and sigmoid colon – clinic personnel could not locate the polyp. The doctor believed the polyp had been evacuated from the patient’s body. In January 2001, physicians found a 2.5 cm rectal tumor that turned out to be malignant. The man died seven months later.
Shortly after the verdict, a Douglas County judge reduced the jury award to $1.25 million to comply with a Nebraska cap on medical malpractice awards. This cap was in place when the patient received treatment. Joseph and Patrick Cullan, attorneys for the man’s family, believe the cap is unconstitutional and is unfair to those whose lives are changed forever by medical malpractice.
The Nebraska medical malpractice attorneys at Cullan & Cullan have a proven track record of success. Both lawyers are also physicians, so we have the knowledge and skills needed to review medical reports and develop a case strategy. We fight to get our clients the compensation they need when medical mistakes cause serious harm. Call Cullan & Cullan at 1-402-397-7600 for a free and confidential consultation.