My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Georgia
My Father was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer approximately 10 years ago. He had been in remission for 6 or 7 years. In mid-2006, he began complaining of pain in his lower abdomen, and after repeated tests, the VA kept telling him that it was not his cancer. He had an MRI or CT Scan in November or December of 2007, and in the records, it said that a small mass was detected in that area, and while they are usually found to be benign, it should have been investigated. The VA continued to tell him it was not his cancer, but then in March of 2007, he went in for Gal Bladder surgery, and the surgeon who did his original cancer surgery was his surgeon. I told him what was going on, and he said they would keep him until they figured that out as well. After the Gal Bladder surgery, and 3 or 4 CT scans, they found a golf-ball sized mass in the same area that was noted in the CT scan in late 2007.
Later testing would show that the cancer had returned with a vengeance, and it was all throughout his body. Subsequent Chemotherapy got rid of all but the main tumor, and then radiation therapy was attempted to reduce the size of that tumor, as it was in an inoperable location.
During the course of the radiation therapy, his colon was burned, and in the course of 2 months, he lost 30+ pounds, and became extremely weak, and was in and out of the hospital.
My Father opted to forgo further therapy in March of 2008, and resigned himself to Hospice care, as the doctor told him he was so weak, that he couldn't take enough Chemotherapy to be effective.
He passed in June of 2008.
Since then, I have continually brewed over the VA not invstigating the report from late 2007 further, and wondered if that additional 6 months would have made a difference.
My question is, what is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice in the state of Georgia, and even if it hasn't passed (which I assume it has), is this worth pursuing?