Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Diminishes Woman’s Chances of Survival; Settled for $699,000
A 58-year-old woman who underwent a procedure to determine if a growth in her breast was cancerous was not informed that the biopsy indicated cancer until more than 100 days had passed, diminishing her chances of survival and recovery. After discovering the lump during a self-examination, the plaintiff made an appointment with her OB/GYN, who detected the lesion and ordered a biopsy. One week later, she was informed that the results of the biopsy indicated the lesion was benign and that she should return in a year. Over the next three months, the lesion continued to grow; finally, the plaintiff made an appointment with a breast surgeon and requested her medical records from the defendant physician. At which point she was informed by the defendant that the original biopsy had actually indicated a cancerous growth. Treatment began immediately, including chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy; however, tests indicate the presence of residual cancer in her breast and lymph nodes, diminishing her chances of survival and recovery. Had she been informed of the correct diagnosis in a timely manner according to the standard of care, it is likely that her cancer would not have progressed and treatment would have been successful. Daniel M. Hodes of Hodes Milman Liebeck, LLP represented the plaintiff, resulting in a $699,000 settlement.