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Medical practice, laboratory sued for allegedly failing to recognize patient's cervical cancer

By Andrey Burin | Feb 18, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS – A 30-year old New Orleans woman is suing her gynecologist and a lab testing service for allegedly failing to note the symptoms of cervical cancer, thus letting the condition grow worse.

Jacquelyn Graulty filed suit against Dr. Susan Jeanfreau, Fleur De Lis OB/GYN Associates LLC, Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. and Laboratory Corporation of America in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Dec. 12, 2014.

The plaintiff asserts that she first reported to the defendant's clinic complaining of a possible bacterial infection on Nov. 11, 2008. Following this visit she says several tests came back as abnormal but of undetermined significance. The plaintiff returned for follow-up visits to the clinic twice-more in December 2008 and again on Sept. 3, 2009, but claims the only diagnoses made by the doctor were of birth-control related issues, with lab results still coming back inconclusive. Following the plaintiff and her husband's move to Pennsylvania, she established as a new patient with a local doctor, and was allegedly diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma on Dec. 13, 2013--resulting in a complete hysterectomy plus subsequent chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following the hysterectomy the plaintiff also claims that she can no longer have children.

The plaintiff claims negligence on part of the defendants in failing to use due care in treatment and order the appropriate medical examinations in a timely manner.

The plaintiff seeks an unspecified amount in damages for physical pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life and further personal damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by Douglas R. Plymale of the New Orleans-based Plymale Law Firm and Jeffrey A. Mitchell and Richard C. Ely Jr. of Cochran Firm Metairie LLC.

This case has been assigned to Division A Judge Tiffany G. Chase.

Case no. 2014-11807.

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