Defendants in med-mal over woman's late diagnosis of lung cancer non-suited

By David Yates | Jul 13, 2012


Defendants in a medical malpractice have recently been non-suited.

Katherine Meguess filed two separate suits against Dr. Craig Charleston and his practice, Coastal Pain Care, claiming he failed to timely report MRI findings that would have detected her lung cancer.

Court records show that on March 8, 2011, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, granted Dr. Charleston's motion to consolidate and combined both suits.

After Meguess passed away, Belinda Kujawa began representing her estate in the litigation.

On April 24 Kujawa filed a motion for non-suit, court records show.

That same day, Judge Floyd dismissed both defendants with prejudice.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 26, 2008, Meguess underwent an MRI "which was interpreted to show a possible 9mm right lung pulmonary node."

The MRI report was forwarded to Meguess's attending physician, Dr. Charleston, who allegedly "failed to advise Meguess of the MRI findings" and failed to preform any follow up treatment, the suit states.

On Oct. 12, 2010, Meguess was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, which she alleges could have been managed earlier if Charleston reported his findings and ordered more tests.

Beaumont attorney Clay Dugas represents the plaintiff.

Case No. E188-692

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