OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, (AP) – The jet of the Aetna insurance company ordered to pay more than 25 million dollars to the family of a girl from Oklahoma City who died last year after the insurer refused to deal with one type of radiotherapy.
Jurors decided that the Aetna doctors had not taken enough time to review Orrana Cunningham's case before denying his attention for proton beam therapy in 2014, Oklahoma newspaper reported. The jury failed that Aetna ignored his negligent obligation to reach a fair deal and good faith with Cunningham, who suffers from nasopharynx cancer.
Aetna discusses whether an appeal should be lodged for a Monday award, and the company's attorney, John Shely, said the insurer was trying to do the right thing.
"If there are hands to change, that's what we do," said Shely. "Aetna has learned something from this."
Aetna's doctor rejected therapy's attention to Cunningham in 2014, considering it experimentally. The other two doctors of the company reviewed the decision and confirmed it.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved proton beam therapy, which is also a Medicare treatment, according to family lawyer, Doug Terry. Terry claimed that Aetna denies attention for economic reasons and her doctors did not qualify, had been overweight of workload and anticipated at the time of making the decisions.