Couple sues health clinic that allegedly missed cancer diagnosis

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2019

GRETNA – A couple is suing a medical team alleging that a clinic's failure to diagnose cancer in a timely fashion led to the aggressive spread of the disease.

Karl Carter and Kathleen Carter filed a complaint on April 1 in the 24th Judicial District Court against Ocshner Clinic Foundation. According to the complaint, plaintiff Karl Carter began feeling ill in May 2014 and was seen by the defendant. 

Carter was shown to have a decrease in hemoglobin and some months later underwent a hernia repair procedure. The defendant found that the plaintiff had excess abdominal fluid but was also told that he was cleared of a cancer diagnosis. 

In June 2017, the plaintiff was seen by the defendant after suffering shortness of breath and in Nov. 2017 his discomfort increased and his ultrasound came back with abnormal results. In Feb. 2019, the plaintiff was told that he had cancer and only a few months to live, which forced the plaintiff to undergo chemotherapy.


The defendant is accused of negligence. The plaintiff, seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs, is represented by Kara Hadican Samuels of Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates LLC in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 793771

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