A 49-year-old man sought treatment for thyroid condition under treatment at a Veterans’ Hospital. The man had three statutory dependents: his wife, a step-daughter, and a step-granddaughter. The man died of thyroid cancer a year and a half later. The ensuing Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death suit was settled for $1 million.
In evaluating the symptoms that led the man to the hospital, the doctor ordered a thyroid scan and an ultrasound. The scan revealed a large “cold nodule.” Hot nodules are almost always benign, cold nodules might be malignant. The scan, however, cannot differentiate between benign and malignant nodules. The physician did not order a biopsy or conduct other tests to eliminate the possibility that the nodule was malignant. The physician diagnosed hyperthyroidism, and prescribed medication to manage the condition. [Read more…]