Trial set for lawsuit by widow of former UI professor

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 15, 2012 6:30 AM

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A jury trial date has been set in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a former University of Iowa law professor against the state of Iowa. The professor died of colon cancer in June 2011 while under the care of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Joyce Carman, the widow of Professor David Baldus, contends that her husband did not receive proper treatment from his UIHC doctors. Baldus had a colonoscopy in September 2004, in which doctors removed a small, "completely benign" polyp and recommended he return for another colonoscopy in five years, The Daily Iowan has previously reported.

Baldus repeatedly requested a repeat colonoscopy between 2004 and 2010, but he was told it was unnecessary. He later died of colon cancer after being diagnosed in 2011.

According to court documents, Carman is seeking compensation for medical costs, burial costs, and numerous intangible damages.

A jury trial is set for Jan. 7, 2014, with a pretrial conference on Dec. 20, 2013.

— By Aly Brown

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