A Reedsport man is suing his doctor for allegedly falsely diagnosing him with cancer.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Douglas County Circuit Court on Feb. 7 by Michael Tash, of Reedsport, seeks up to $2.5 million in economic and noneconomic damages.
The complaint alleges that Dr. Kenneth Lawson, who practices in Reedsport, told Tash he had cancer and suggested surgery after Tash came in with lung problems in February 2016.
“The cancer diagnosis was incorrect and the surgery for cancer performed by (Lawson) was unnecessary and unreasonable performed,” the complaint reads.
The complaint lists six ways Lawson was allegedly negligent, including a failure to check for tuberculosis and a failure to review Tash’s medical history or analyze the results of a bronchoscopy or PET scan, according to court documents.
The surgery caused Tash to sustain pain, suffering and emotional distress, the suit alleges. Tash is seeking $75,907 for the surgery costs and $2.5 million for noneconomic damages.
Lawson received his medical degree at Loma Linda University and has had private surgical practices in Colorado and Oregon, according to Lower Umpqua Hospital’s website. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The website states he is “the leading surgeon in Oregon performing the EsophyX TIF, an incisionless surgical procedure that provides a lasting solution for heartburn.”
Lawson is also part of a wrongful-death lawsuit that goes to trial in August.
Lower Umpqua Hospital declined to comment.
Tash’s attorney Willard Merkel could not be reached for comment.
Tash was convicted of first-degree burglary in both 1993 and 1996 and has been convicted of several forgery charges dating back to 1992. He also has several convictions for methamphetamine possession.
In 2016, Tash pled no contest to methamphetamine possession and interfering with a peace officer.