Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Family Wins Medical Malpractice Suit against Dermatologist
The dermatology practice of Dr. Norman Ansel Lockshin was found liable for, 47-year-old, Richard Semsker’s death from skin cancer. A jury ruled that Dr. Norman did not accurately treat a mole that turned into malignant melanoma and that the surviving family deserves an amount of $5.8 million. During the trial, the family called as an expert witness a prominent melanoma researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, who testified Semsker would have had a 95 percent chance of a complete cure if the mole had been removed in 2004, but that the delay allowed the cancer to travel into the bloodstream and become incurable.