Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death – Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer

$10 Million Verdict

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Our client was a 46-year-old married woman with 2 children. She worked as a waitress at restaurant in Islip, NY. She underwent a routine screening mammogram which was interpreted as normal. Six months later, she felt a lump in her left breast and promptly reported it to her ob-gyn, who felt the lump and ordered another mammogram, sonogram, and a possible fine needle aspiration. Those studies were also interpreted as normal, and a fine needle aspiration was not performed. Three months later, our client’s left breast became inflamed, swollen, and painful, which she reported to her doctors. A biopsy was done, which revealed breast cancer in the area of the lump. She was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and unfortunately passed away less than two years later. At trial, our medical experts criticized the radiologists who interpreted the mammograms and sonograms. Our experts testified that these studies revealed abnormalities that should have been investigated and biopsied. They explained that if she received the proper treatment in a timely manner, her cancer would have been diagnosed sooner and her chances of surviving would have been greater. The jury found that one of the radiologists misread the mammogram and sonogram studies and that a biopsy should have been performed sooner. She passed away while the case was still pending.