Medical Verdicts

Did failure to disclose abnormal mammogram lead to death?


Kings County (NY) Supreme Court

A 41-year-old woman underwent a mammogram, which was read as abnormal. A surgical biopsy was recommended, but was not performed until a much later date. Two years later, the woman was diagnosed with breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. She died 3 years later.

The physician contended that the patient’s cancer spread as a result of her failure to return for follow-up visits.

The patient’s family, however, claimed the woman was not told of her abnormal mammogram results, nor was she informed of the need for follow-up visits.

  • The case settled for $1.7 million.
The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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