1, 2013 – Kaiser
Accused of Failing to Diagnose Liver Cancer – by Trish Kraft of
SAN DIEGO (CN) – A woman claims in county court that her husband died of liver cancer because Kaiser did not diagnose it until it was terminal.
Valerie Steele sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and Southern California Permanente Medical Group for wrongful death and loss of consortium, in San Diego County Superior Court.
Steele’s complaint says that while Kaiser diagnosed her husband, Craig
Brittingham, with Hepatitis and moderately advanced cirrhosis, in 2003,
it did not anticipate, monitor for, or catch signs of his liver cancer
until he was dying in 2011. He died in 2012, “under defendants’
exclusive care and control,” according to the complaint. Steele was
left with “significant” medical bills from her dying husband’s
intensive care, while he also was unable to work, the complaint says.
Full Story at: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/05/01/57235.htm
Court filing at: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/05/01/steele%20fail%20to%20diag%20liver%20cancer%20apr%2018%20SD.pdf