Lavaca County (Tex) District Court
Twenty-two months after undergoing a mammogram that was reported as normal, a woman in her forties detected a mass in her breast. A biopsy confirmed stage II breast cancer.
In suing, the woman claimed that the radiologist who read her mammogram was negligent for not identifying suspicious calcifications or recommending further evaluation. She argued that the delay in diagnosis allowed the malignancy to advance, thus lowering her life expectancy and making lymph node dissection, chemotherapy, and radiation necessary.
The physician argued that the mass was not visible in the mammogram and that the delay did not have a significant effect on her life expectancy.
- The case settled for $300,000.