Unique Medical Malpractice File Revealed ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unique Medical Malpractice File Revealed

A recently-unsealed court file has revealed a settlement from 2001 where $1.6 million was awarded in a medical malpractice suit involving hereditary cancer. The case involves a University of Washington nurse who died of ovarian cancer. According to the medical malpractice lawsuit, doctors failed to warn the nurse that she had a high risk of getting hereditary cancer and should have her ovaries removed as a precaution. It may be one of the first cases where doctors are held responsible for attempting to prevent hereditary diseases.

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