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If this doctor did have a malpractice insurance policy in place at the time of this injury, at least part of the jury demand would likely be paid by the insurer. (Credit: Erwin Wodicka) If this doctor did have a malpractice insurance policy in place at the time of this injury, at least part of the jury demand would likely be paid by the insurer. (Credit: Erwin Wodicka)

A Pennsylvania Jury has determined that a gynecologist is responsible for paying for a patient’s cancer after failing to order an ultrasound.

In January of 2016, Charles Marks, a gynecologist at WellsSpan OB/GYN evaluated Chasidy Plunkard, during an appointment after an ultrasound found a complex cyst on her right ovary. Plunkard had experienced irregular bleeding, which was consistent with a thickened endometrial lining which was also revealed by the ultrasound. During Marks’ exam, he performed an endometrial biopsy in order to rule out uterine cancer. According to Plunkard, Marks did nothing about the cyst he also found on the ultrasound. He allegedly failed to document the cyst in his office notes and did not order a repeat ultrasound to reassest the complex cyst. Punkard was advised that she did not need to return to the office.

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