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Unusual Medical Malpractice Settlement Revealed

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The court file for an unusual medical malpractice lawsuit involving hereditary cancer was unsealed recently, revealing a $1.6 million settlement in 2001. The case involved the family of a University of Washington nurse who died of ovarian cancer, leaving behind a husband and daughter.

The medical malpractice lawsuit said that doctors should have warned the woman that her ovaries should be removed due to her high risk of ovarian cancer. This case is especially noteworthy because it may be the first to give doctors responsiblity for attempting to prevent hereditary diseases.