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On October 28, 2015, a Philadelphia jury awarded $1.4 million to the estate of Joshua Debowsky after doctors failed to diagnose the mass on his knee as cancer after six years of treatment. According to Debowsky’s son, Robert, his father had been seeking medical treatment for a mass on his knee since 2006 and it wasn’t until 2011 that doctors finally diagnosed him with a rare form of bone cancer.
Court documents reveal that the defendant doctors performed arthroplasty on a mass on Debowsky’s right knee; however, after discovering some irregular calcifications on the knee during post procedure x-rays they failed to perform necessary follow up tests. The mass was eventually diagnosed as a rare form of bone cancer called an osteosarcoma six years later in 2011. Debowsky underwent treatments, but eventually died from the cancer in 2014 at the age of 56.
Robert Debowsky brought suit against his father’s doctors under the Wrongful Death and Survival Acts.
The case is: Estate of Debowsky v. Schwartz et al.
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