Berger v. Chucker, M.D.
Mr. Berger developed colon cancer and died because his doctor negligently failed to order timely cancer screening during the course of 16 years. Dr. Chucker failed to perform proper colon cancer screening as laid out in guidelines from national health organizations. Instead, Dr. Chucker only did limited testing for colon cancer, despite the fact that Mr. Berger was at a higher risk after he turned 50. Dr. Chucker also failed to order a colonoscopy on several occasions when the standards of care required him to do so. After one day of deliberations, on June 21, 2012, a District of Columbia jury returned a verdict for Mr. Berger's estate and his widow for $5.36 million.