Couple wins $8.5M in medical malpractice suit after radiology report ignored

Two patients in Pennsylvania have been awarded $8.5 million in damages in a medical malpractice suit after doctors did not properly communicate the radiologist’s findings.

According to a new report from The Morning Call, Germansville resident Robert Kline received treatment at the Allentown, Pennsylvania, campus of St. Luke’s University Health Network in 2015 after experiencing pain in his abdomen and urinary issues. The radiologist found “a ureteral stone and intrarenal non-obstructing stones, as well as an image that could have been a tumor”—those findings were not shared with Kline.

In 2017, Kline was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and he argued to the case’s judge that he was forced to have his bladder and prostate removed due to this poor communication back in 2015. A jury awarded Kline and his wife $10 million in damages—but he was found 15% responsible for the negligence by the jury, meaning the couple received $8.5 million instead.

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