The Indiana medical malpractice attorneys at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. recently received a $2.5 million verdict in a trial in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The medical malpractice verdict was reached by the jury on February 25, 2011 in the case of Jeffrey Wayne Davis v. John Morse, M.D. The case involved a failure to diagnose colon cancer in a 35-year old patient who reported complaints of rectal bleeding to his gastroenterologist. Rectal bleeding is one of the major warning signs of colon cancer. Because the gastroenterologist chose not to perform a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, the patient's colon cancer went undiagnosed for more than two years. By the time the disease was finally diagnosed, it had spread to the patient's liver and was incurable.
The case was tried by Jerry Garau and Deborah Pennington of Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. The verdict will be reduced to $1.25 million pursuant to damage limits imposed by Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act.