Suit alleges patient died after VA hospital staff failed to diagnose cancer

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 3, 2019

BENTON — A decedent's representative is suing a VA hospital after a patient died when the doctors failed to diagnose him with cancer. 

Alvin Spencer, personal representative of the estate of Melvin Spencer, deceased, and Doris Spencer, surviving spouse and heir of the deceased, filed a complaint on March 29 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois against United States of America, acting by and through Marion VA Medical Center, alleging medical negligence.

The suit states that from December 2015 to March 2016, Melvin spencer was treated by the doctors and medical staff at Marion VA Medical Center. During this time, the plaintiff was allegedly never diagnosed with metastasized malignant cancer, despite exhibiting the signs of cancer, causing his death. 

The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the sum of $4 million plus the costs of this suit. The plaintiff is represented by John R. Schneider of Johnson, Schneider & Ferrell LLC in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:19-CV-00360-NJR-MAB

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