Jury: LabCorp to pay Wellington family of Darian Wisekal 15.8 million in 'false negatives' lawsuit

Family claims lab misinterpeted results

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A federal jury has awarded the family of Darian Wisekal $15.8 million in damages.

Back in 2008, Darian Wisekal started to complain of pain and exhaustion. A doctor performed a pap smear test on the wife and mother of two, and again in 2010. Both tests came back negative.

The results were interpreted by Laboratory Corporation of America, a nationwide testing company with offices across South Florida.

But Darian's doctor discovered a large mass shortly after. Darian passed away a year later.

On Wednesday afternoon, a jury awarded Darian's family 15.8 million after deliberating for close to two days.

"Every slide, there's a woman behind it, there is," said John Wisekal.  "There's a mother, a sister, a daughter behind that slide and they just can't pass it through like it's nothing, it's a person's life."

In a statement, a spokesperson for LabCorp said "We believe the facts and the law do not support the verdict.  LabCorp acted properly and diligently in performing the test.  We will consider all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal, if necessary."

 


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