A Pennslyvania jury awarded a woman $1.88 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed on behalf of her husband, who died of cancer in 2008.
Christine Golden sued urologist Milan J. Smolko, pathologist Lillian Longendorfer and Wayne Memorial Hospital for failing to diagnose her husband’s bladder cancer despite several consultations and examinations between Sept. 18, 2002, and January 2004.
Before the verdict was returned last month, however, Dr. Longendorfer and the hospital reached a confidential settlement with Mrs. Golden.
Mrs. Golden’s lawyer, said Terrence Golden saw Dr. Smolko multiple times in those 16 months, each time complaining of urinary problems. Dr. Smolko said he had an inflamed and enlarged prostate, but did not investigate further until July 2003. Then, he did a bladder biopsy and sent the information to Dr. Longendorfer, who worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Another doctor diagnosed Mr. Golden’s cancer in June 2004. By then, the cancer had spread and Mr. Golden underwent surgery to remove his prostate, bladder and portions of his urethra. He died Jan. 21, 2008, soon after doctors had told him his cancer was no longer treatable. He was 60.
According to the attorneys, had Dr. Smolko or Dr. Longendorfer diagnosed him properly, Mr. Golden’s death may have been avoided.
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