Michael E. Mone of Boston was practicing medical malpractice law until he fell victim to a medical malpractice.
In 1980, he won a court ruling that allowed people to sue doctors for medical malpractices discovered after a patient's treatment and/or surgery. Thanks to this court ruling, he was able to obtain a settlement for the husband of Betsy Lehman who died in 1944 due to an overdose of cancer-fighting medication. This devastating mistake helped spark a "national patient safety movement," according to The Globe.
Now at the age of 75, Mone has found himself a victim of medical malpractice. He was misdiagnosed in 2009 when he received an MRI scan. Mone had a history of suffering from kidney stones, so this scan was taken as a safeguard to see if there were any uprising issues. Mone found later found out that the cyst in his kidney was actually cancer. When he learned this in 2015, his cancer had become terminal and inoperable.
Mone obtained a settlement from the insurance company of the hospital where he received the MRI and the two radiologists who reviewed his X-Ray. He has been receiving treatment for two years. His friends and family are still in shock about the ordeal, as well as devastated.
Former chief justice of the state Supreme Judicial Court, Margaret H. Marshall, was quoted by The Globe claiming the misdiagnosis of a medical issue is always devastating news, but she was particularly sad to hear about Mone's case.
As for Mone, he is very forgiving and appears to be in good spirits.
He told The Globe:
"I have no harsh feelings for these doctors. Very, very good people sometimes make a mistake."
However, this mistake may cost him his life.