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Doctor sued for allegedly failing to diagnose patient's cancer


By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 15, 2018

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CHICAGO — A patient is accusing Philip Sweeney M.D., and Digestive Disease Associates Ltd. of medical malpractice for allegedly failing to diagnose his rectal cancer in a timely manner and refer him to a colorectal surgeon.

Gilbert Piker filed a complaint on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that beginning in 2014, he suffered recurrent rectal polyp surgery performed by the defendants over several years, and was subsequently diagnosed with Stage 3B cancer, requiring chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and extensive surgeries.

The plaintiff claims he suffered injuries, pain and suffering, decreased life expectancy, and incurred medical expenses, as a result of the alleged negligence of the defendant in the proper diagnosis of his condition, and timely referral to a colorectal surgeon. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for more than $50,000 plus costs. He is represented by Kyle R. Kasmarick of Syregelas & Kasmarick LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-9605

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