$1.5 million settlement for delay in diagnosing breast cancer
A 46-year-old woman and her family received a settlement of $1.5 million from two doctors who failed to diagnose her breast cancer at a curable stage. The woman went to see her gynecologist about a lump she had found in her breast. Despite ultrasound findings documenting solid densities, suggestive of cancer, the defendant doctor never biopsied the lump to rule out malignancy. When she transferred her care to a second gynecologist, she was sent to see a surgeon, who decided against a biopsy of the continuing breast mass. A year later, the woman was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, and her prognosis at the time of settlement was poor.