My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Oregon
In August of 2011, my father died at the age of 49 of colorectal cancer and I am legal next of kin. At some point (I have the medical records, but the month and day are cut off) in 2007, he told his doctor that there was a family history of precancerous colon polyps as well as a history of various cancers. This is written in the medical records. Two years later, in 2009, he saw his doctor again for rectal pain and bleeding. A colonoscopy was ordered and he was diagnosed with colon cancer. After a few more tests, he found out that it had metastasized to the liver, making him terminal. I cannot assume that a colonoscopy would have made the cancer survivable, but is the doctor in any way liable for a two year delay in diagnosis? Is there a legal case here, if nothing else but to have his license yanked? Would it be worth my time to consult a lawyer? I've heard my father mention that he had lost hospital privileges, if that matters. Thanks in advance.