Patient awarded $8.5M in damages after doctors fail to relay scan results

A Germanstown, Penn. couple was awarded $8.5 million in damages after a jury determined two doctors failed to report radiological findings that may have prevented a major surgery, according to reporting from the Morning Call.

In 2015, Robert Kline went to the St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Allentown location after experiencing abdomen pain and urinary problems. A scan showed a ureteral stone and intrarenal non-obstructing stones along with an image that may have been a tumor, but those results were never communicated to him.

Kline was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017, but claimed the failed 2015 diagnosis forced him to undergo surgery to remove his bladder and prostate. Kline was found 15% responsible and was awarded $8.5 million.

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