Minot Female Given $7.65 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

A Minot woman was awarded $7.65 million in damages after a jury ruled Tuesday that a Lewiston medical facility professional failed to determine her cervical cancer.

Ruth Hricko, 63, took legal action against Central Maine Medical Center for medical malpractice in September 2013. The hospital employs the specialist.

According to the initial grievance submitted in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Hricko went through regular yearly vaginal tests from 2008 to 2011. Hricko complained of discomfort, all the slides came back negative for malignancy.

Hricko’s lawyer, Owen Pickus, stated the slides were not check out effectively.

According to the problem, Hricko had actually been suffering from early stage cancer since 2008 and it had actually advanced to stage 3 by 2011.

Through her attorney, Hricko declined to comment. Her cancer is now in remission.

Her attorney called the award, which likewise consists of an extra $2 million in damages for Hricko’s husband, Michael Hricko, one of the largest he’s seen.

Pickus stated his client is pleased that it has actually been acknowledged that CMMC slipped up.

Chuck Gill, vice president of public affairs for the healthcare facility, launched a statement after Tuesday’s verdict in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

“CMMC is undoubtedly discouraged with the jury’s choice, stands by the care provided to our clients, and will certainly review alternatives for next steps with respect to this case,” the statement read. “The medical facility is pleased Ms. Hricko reports she is disease-free virtually 4 years from her preliminary diagnosis and that she continues to receive care at CMMC.”