CHICAGO — A couple's lawsuit against a doctor and other health-care providers alleges that a case of prostate cancer went undiagnosed and untreated for at least 14 months because the physician failed to take proper action in response to excessively elevated PSA levels.
Jeffrey D. Velick and Sandra Velick are suing Dr. Mitchell McClure, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, Northwestern Medical Associates, S.C., Cadence Medical Partners LLC, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Ravina Assocaites in Internal Medicine Ltd., alleging medical malpractice and loss of consortium.
The couple sued on March 11 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that McClure treated Jeffrey Velick beginning on Sept. 22, 2010, and in later care failed to accurately interpret the patient's elevated PSA levels, failed to conduct adequate rectal exams to detect prostate changes, failed to order or refer the patient to a specialist or urologist before the PSA levels reached 12.03 ng/ml as of Feb. 25, 2014, and failed to inform the patient of the significance of highly elevated PSA levels. By March 13, 2014, when the patient saw another doctor, the suit claims, he was found to have aggressive prostate cancer and subsequently required a complete prostatectomy and bilateral lymph node dissection.
The plaintiffs seek compensation for an amount in excess of $50,000. They are represented by Ashley H. Herscherger of Levin & Perconti in Chicago.
Cook Circuit Court Case number 2016-L-002591