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Estate Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Plastic Surgeon for Delay in Diagnosis of Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

Through their attorneys at the Wheeling and Charleston law firm of Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC, the Estate of Jack C. Stephens, Sr. recently filed suit in the Circuit Court Brooke County, West Virginia against Craig Oser, D.O. and the Weirton Medical Center. The suit revolves around an alleged 9-month delay in diagnosing Mr. Stephens' squamous cell cancer.

Mr. Stephens, a retired steel worker, first saw Dr. Oser in October 2013, for examination of a mass in the right temple area of his head. He was scheduled for surgical removal of the mass; however, during surgery, the mass was not removed and cultures of fluid were obtained to check for infection, which were negative. It is alleged that no tests to check for the presence of cancer were conducted.

Over the winter months, the mass would swell and the lump was continuously drained of fluid over repeated visits with Dr. Oser's office.

In June 2014, now suffering from new problems and severe pain in his face, he sought care from a new doctor. Upon his initial examination, he was found to now have an extensive and invasive cancer in his face and jaw. Unfortunately, after undergoing extensive surgical measures and treatment in Pittsburgh, he died early the following year.

Click here to read the complaint.

Jack Stephens, Jr., Executor of the Estate of Jack Cummings Sr., Deceased v. Craig R. Oser, D.O. and Weirton Medical Center, Inc. Brooke County, W. Va. Circuit Court Civil Action No. 16-C-77.

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