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Failure To Diagnose Breast Cancer

$1.6 Million RECOVERY

Radiologist failed to diagnose signs of breast cancer on mammogram.

Queens County, NY

This medical malpractice action involved a plaintiff in her mid-60s who underwent routine mammograms at a local radiology facility from 2009 through 2012. The plaintiff contended that the radiologist negligently failed to see and document suspicious breast calcifications. Plaintiff further contended that these calcifications required further investigation to rule out the very real probability of the plaintiff having breast cancer. When the plaintiff was ultimately diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, she was Stage IIIB. Her tumor had grown to 6.5 cm and had spread to her axillary lymph nodes. She required a double mastectomy, chemotherapy (before and after surgery) and radiation therapy. Plaintiff claimed that had she been diagnosed timely, she would have had a better chance of survival and would not have needed all of the therapy she ultimately had, including the double mastectomy. The case settled prior to trial for $1.6 million.