March 17, 2004
A Lexington surgeon recommended an abdominal MRI for a patient suffering from abdominal pain. The radiologist who interpreted the MRI found a mass on the patient, but incorrectly diagnosed it as nonmalignant. Three years later, the patient now suffers from terminal kidney cancer. The Plaintiff alleged the surgeon should have followed up independently to rule out cancer, and requested over 9.1 million dollars in damages. The defense, led by Clay Edwards, successfully argued that it was no fault of the surgeon in not catching the cancer; rather, any responsibility lay with the radiologist. The Fayette County jury agreed, completely exonerating the surgeon.