Couple files lawsuit against doctor for failure to treat cancer


A Chicago couple sued a physician, hospital and other health care providers for their failure to diagnose and treat prostate cancer for 14 months or more. They alleged the doctor did not take the required steps to handle extremely high PSA levels, resulting in loss of consortium.

Jeffrey D. Velick and Sandra Velick filed the medical malpractice lawsuit on March 11 in Cook County Circuit Court. Dr. Mitchell McClure, Northwestern Medical Associates S.C., Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Cadence Medical Partners LLC and Ravina Associates in Internal Medicine Ltd. were named defendants in the suit.

According to the complaint, McClure started treating Jeffrey Velick on September 22, 2010. During subsequent visits, he failed to address his high PSA levels or tell the patient about the related dangers. The doctor also failed to refer his patient to a urologist or specialist before the PSA levels hit 12.03 ng/ml on February 25, 2014. In addition, he did not carry out proper rectal exams to identify prostate changes.

The lawsuit alleged by the time the patient consulted another physician on March 13, 2014, he was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. The plaintiff had to undergo a full prostatectomy and bilateral lymph node dissection. The Velicks are seeking damages of at least $50,000.

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit

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