Eight Years Passed as Knee Pain Turned to Cancer, 22-Year Old Says
6-6-2013 00:40:00

     MARTINEZ, Calif. (CN) - Kaiser failed to diagnose and treat a young man's severe knee pain and then lesion properly for eight years, as it progressed to a malignant cancer, the man claims in Contra Costa County Superior Court.
     Terry Richards sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.; Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and The Permanente Medical Group Inc. for malpractice. He seeks general damages, medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity and costs of suit.
     Richards says in his complaint that he first went to Kaiser for treatment of "severe right knee pain" in 2004, when he was 14 years old. He continued to seek treatment from Kaiser for the pain and then for a lesion that appeared, for eight years, according to the complaint. In 2012, when Richards was 22 years old, Kaiser diagnosed a synovial sarcoma, according to the complaint.
     Bruce G. Fagel of Beverly Hills represents the plaintiff.