Kaiser Waited 2 Years to Give Man Test Results That Indicated Cancer, Lawsuit Alleges

Kaiser waited more than 2 years to warn a patient that test results showed he might have cancer, the man claims in court.

Gregory Magnussen sued Dr. Samuel W. Moss, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia and an affiliate, and Kaiser Permanente Insurance, in Fulton County State Court.

In his lawsuit Magnussen claims Dr. Moss examined him and did tests in April 2010. Hearing nothing about the lab tests, Magnussen and his wife assumed everything was all right.

“Over the course of a number of years, the Magnussens had grown accustomed to hearing from defendants if any of their test results indicated that further attention might be necessary,” the complaint states.

But in October 2011, Magnussen’s new doctor, (nonparty) Gary Orris, found a large mass in his colon and recommended a colonoscopy, the lawsuit states. After more tests, (nonparty) Dr. J. Clay Copher told Magnussen that he “had a large cancerous growth that would need to be removed immediately. Due to the size of the growth, Dr. Copher indicated to G. Magnussen that a large amount of his colon would have to be removed and a colostomy would be required,” the complaint states.

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