Woman claims surgery center and doctors failed to diagnose husband's cancer

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 29, 2006, 3:22am

Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center

Dorothy Cox filed a wrongful death suit against Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center and Peter Anderson, M.D. and Robert Hellman, M.D. in Madison County Circuit Court Aug. 25, claiming they failed to timely diagnose her husband's cancer.

According to the complaint, Thomas Cox died on March 8, 2005.

Cox claims that on Nov. 10, 2003, an x-ray report was generated which showed a three centimeter soft tissue structure in the midportion of the left lung which was not present on a prior examination in 1999.

According to Cox, a copy of the report was sent to Anderson who performed elbow surgery on Thomas at the Surgery Center on Nov. 14, 2003.

She claims her husband was not diagnosed with cancer until Aug. 16, 2004, and later learned that the cancer might have been detected on the chest x-ray on Nov. 10, 2003.

Cox claims the Surgery Center and Anderson failed to inform her husband of the presence of a lesion on his chest or the need for follow-up evaluation, failed to send the x-ray report to his primary care physician, failed to insure the x-ray was reviewed and failed to provide proper or adequate follow-up information or advice to Thomas in light of the x-ray findings.

"Thomas Cox was prevented from discovering his cancer at a time when treatment or cure could be successful, and caused him to suffer significant physical and emotional pain and injury, and death," the complaint states.

Cox also claims Thomas' next of kin have been caused to suffer the loss of the care, comfort and society and further claims she has lost her husband's services, counsel, guidance, instruction and companionship, as well as income and pecuniary losses.

Represented by David Damick of St. Louis, Cox is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

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