A judge in Helena, Montana, has awarded a man $59,820 after he was incorrectly diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. In this case of medical negligence, the man was told by a doctor at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center that he only had months to live. As a result of this devastating news, the man sold his truck, quit his job and even thought about taking his own life.
The man's story began in 2009 when he had a stent put in because he had suffered from chest pain. Some weeks after, he started experiencing headaches as well as problems with his speech, vision and memory. The man saw an internist, who in turn sent him to see an ophthalmologist. A CT scan was performed and it did show abnormalities in the brain. The neuroradiologist who read the CT scan told the internist the man's symptoms could be from a stroke, a brain tumor or something else. He advised the internist to have more testing done in order to ensure the proper diagnosis was made.