Workers Compensation Patient Awarded $3.7 Million

A Sand Diego jury has awarded $3.7 million to a man who sued a doctor for failing to diagnose the iron-overload disease hemochromatosis.

Plaintiff went to his workers’ compensation doctor who found increased ferritin in his blood, an indication of hemochromatosis. No diagnosis was made. Three years later, they were diagnosed with hemochromatosis. Alleging tissue and organ damage, arthritis, and memory loss, Valentine said that Kramer failed to diagnose and treat his hemochromatosis, failed to refer him to a specialist, and failed to discuss the lab results with him. The workers’ compensation doctor alleged that he showed the Plaintiff the lab results and told him to see a primary care doctor.