Gov't Wins Trial In VA Cancer Misdiagnosis Suit

Law360 (February 8, 2019, 8:53 PM EST) -- A Hawaii federal judge on Thursday cleared the federal government of liability in a suit accusing a Department of Veterans Affairs clinic of failing to timely diagnose a man's prostate cancer, saying the patient failed to prove the delay made the cancer any worse.

Following a 12-day bench trial in October and November, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield ruled in favor of the government in a suit brought by Christopher W. Best alleging a doctor employed by VA Kauai Community-Based Outpatient Clinic failed to diagnose his prostate cancer despite certain red flags that appeared in lab results 16 months before...

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