Med Mal Lawyer Wins $2.4M Verdict for Man in Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Case
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on August 16th, 2019
After going to see a doctor for an undisclosed medical condition in December of 2010, a former New Jersey man did not seek additional treatment because his doctor didn’t communicate that any further medical investigation should be sought.
But just a little more than three years later, the patient, Mark Heiser, was diagnosed in February 2014 with stage IV kidney cancer that had spread to his pancreas and required the removal of his left kidney, a portion of his pancreas, his adrenal glands and spleen, according to a July 12 story on Law.com.
Now Heiser has won a $2.4 million jury verdict in Camden County Superior Court after alleging that his doctor, Toby Soble and Family Practice Associates of Voorhees, “failed to properly communicate and follow up” in connection to Heiser’s care after his initial Dec. 20, 2010 medical appointment revealed an “incidental finding on a lumbar MRI.”
Heiser, who lived in Cherry Hill, N.J., at the time of his visit to Heiser’s office, alleged in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Heiser and the practice that his February 2014 cancer diagnosis resulted because Soble and the practice provided inadequate follow-up care following the MRI back in 2010.
About seven months after Heiser’s initial cancer diagnosis in February 2014, the cancer was found to have metastasized to his lungs. Heiser, who is now 70 years old, was diagnosed with leptomeningeal disease requiring craniospinal radiation.
Heiser has been confined to an electric mobility scooter and a wheelchair since his cancer diagnosis and has lost his independence, according to his lawyers. Heiser formerly worked as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He now lives near Clearwater, Florida, near his daughters.
After hearing testimony in the case, the jury ordered Soble to pay a $2.4 million judgement to Heiser, including $500,000 for past pain and suffering, $1.5 million for future pain and suffering, $375,000 for future lost income and $31,064 for medical expenses, the story reported. The Vorhees medical practice was found not to be liable in the case.
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