$2.5 Million Medical Malpractice Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A jury awarded $2.5 million in medical
malpractice damages to the family of a Nevada woman who died at age
27 after doctors failed to diagnose her cancer.

Officials called it the largest medical malpractice award in
Clark County District Court since 2004, when Nevada lawmakers
capped malpractice awards for pain and suffering at $350,000.

The jury held Dr. Steven Lampinen mostly responsible for
negligence and substandard treatment in the 2007 death of Elisa
Sanchez.

Brian Bishop, a nurse at Lampinen's Las Vegas family practice,
was also held responsible.

Attorneys for Sanchez's husband and 5-year-old daughter, who now
live in New Mexico, alleged the woman's colon and rectal cancer was
repeatedly misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids.

Jurors awarded more than $2 million to Sanchez's survivors for
economic losses for future lost wages. Sanchez worked in retail.
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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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