$900,000 settlement for failure to report abnormal CT results
A 81-year-old woman had an abdominal CT to evaluate back pain after an aortogram pf her left leg. The CT was reported as being concerning for a possible malignancy in the right lung. No one told the woman or followed up on this abnormal finding. Approximately one year later, another CT was ordered, and the woman was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The case was brought against the nurse practitioner who ordered the abdominal CT. The defense argued that the short delay in diagnosis did not alter the prognosis for this advanced cancer, and noted that the woman was elderly, in extremely poor health with progressive COPD, and had been homebound for many years. The case settled during discovery for $900,000.