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Medical malpractice claim filed after basketball icon dies

When doctors fail to exercise a reasonable degree of care in Texas, a patient may end up suffering and even lose his or her life. In one out-of-state case, the widow of former basketball star, Rex Morgan, has accused the man's doctor and Quest Diagnostics of not identifying his deadly cancer. The widow has thus filed a medical malpractice suit against the allegedly at-fault parties.

The former basketball star was diagnosed as having tonsil cancer back in 2010, at which point he underwent treatment. One year later, a medical professional with Quest Diagnostics indicated that a biopsy of the former athlete's tongue did not show signs of malignancy. A couple of years later, a different biopsy reportedly showed cancer. The man then asked another physician to look at the 2011 samples, and the other physician allegedly determined that the older samples had indeed been cancerous.

According to the attorney for the basketball icon's family, aggressive treatment began, but it was too late at that point. The attorney said the man was not given the opportunity to properly fight the disease. Morgan was 67 at the time of his death.

When a doctor in Texas is neglectful in his or her care of a patient, and the patient loses his or her life, the surviving family members have the right to take legal action against the doctor. Compensatory damages may be awarded based upon a showing of negligence; sometimes, punitive damages may be awarded in cases of egregious fault. The awarded damages cannot restore the life of the deceased loved one, but it may help to address pain and suffering as well as emotional distress for family members caused by the alleged medical malpractice incident.

Source: jacksonville.com, "Former JU star Rex Morgan's widow sues Quest Diagnostics for medical malpractice", Andrew Pantazi, Feb. 15, 2016

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