Woman sues physician for husband’s death

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 11, 2017

CHARLESTON – A woman is suing a Charleston physician after she claims he is responsible for her husband’s death.

Dr. Cyrus Mali and Cyrus Mali M.D. Inc. were named as defendants in the suit.

On Aug. 14, 2013, Larry Miller presented to Mali’s office as a new patient referral by his treating physician, as Mali specializes in urology, according to a complaint filed June 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Martha Miller claims on Oct. 1, 2013, Mali performed a cystoscopy on Miller  and identified some trabeculation of the bladder mucosa, but found no tumors.

Larry Miller had subsequent visits in 2013, 2014 and 2015. On his Jan. 22, 2014, visit, Larry Miller reported symptoms of bladder frequency and the urinalysis reported blood in his urine, according to the suit.

Martha Miller claims on Feb. 19, 2014, another urinalysis indicated blood in Larry Miller’s urine for a second time.

On Feb. 18, 2015, Larry Miller’s treatment records indicated that he presented with bladder symptoms of extreme frequency and the urinalysis indicated presence of blood in his urine, according to the suite. Despite these repeated complaints, no additional testing or evaluation was performed by Mali at his office visits.

Martha Miller claims on April 19, 2015, Larry Miller was diagnosed with advanced stage bladder cancer with invasion of the lymph nodes at Cleveland Clinic and, although he underwent a course of chemotherapy and other treatment options, his cancer was too advanced when he was diagnosed to afford him an opportunity for remission and he passed away on March 22, 2016.

The defendants were negligent in failing to order additional testing for evaluating the patient’s persistent symptoms and complaints, according to the suit.

Martha Miller is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Tammy Bowles Raines of Tammy Bowles Raines Law Offices PLLC.

The case is assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 17-C-835

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