$3 Million Jury Verdict in Failure to Timely Retest for Prostate Cancer

Lonnie Kersey had a family history of prostate cancer. He took Avodart to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. His treating internist, Dr. Michael Pisano, allegedly ordered lab work in 2012 and 2014, including a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA).

The following year, Dr. Pisano allegedly ordered another PSA, which showed a value of 3.0 ng/mL, nearly triple the previous results.

Dr. Pisano ordered further testing two years later, at which point Kersey’s PSA was significantly elevated at 203.3 ng/mL. This led to a biopsy and diagnosis of Stage IV prostate cancer.

Despite treatment, Kersey died at the age of 67. He was survived by his wife.

Individually and on behalf his estate, his wife sued Dr. Pisano, alleging that he chose not to timely diagnose prostate cancer. The Kersey family and estate asserted that the doctor had failed to appreciate the significance of Kersey’s PSA values, order timely follow-up testing, and appropriately interpret the PSA results in light of Kersey’s use of Avodart.

At the conclusion of this trial, the jury signed a verdict for $3 million for this wrongful death.

The attorneys successfully handling this case for the Kersey family were Robert Ross, John Pinto and Tai Wong.

Kersey v. Pisano, No. 180404705 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Philadelphia County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling misdiagnosis of cancer lawsuits, misdiagnosis of prostate cancer cases, wrongful death lawsuits, physician negligence cases and hospital negligence lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Elk Grove Village, Lake Zurich, Park Ridge, Forest Park, Crestwood, LaGrange, Bedford Park, LaGrange Highlands, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Oakbrook Terrace, Hickory Hills, Burbank, Willow Springs, South Holland, Midlothian, Country Club Hills, Mokena, Chicago (Mont Clair, Belmont Cragin, Wicker Park, West Loop, Near West Side, Near North Side, Uptown, Lincoln Square, Belmont Garden, Hermosa, Sheffield Neighbors, Noble Square, South Loop, East Pilsen, North Lawndale, McKinley Park, Englewood, Chatham, Roseland, Pullman, Mount Greenwood), Calumet Park, Blue Island, Dixmoor, Chicago Ridge and Hinsdale, Ill.

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