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ARTICLE ID 193691

– Medical malpractice – Hospital negligence – Radiology negligence – Negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer – Negligent interpretation of mammogram – Loss of time for treatment

Middlesex County, MA

In this medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant hospital, and its radiologist, were negligent in failing to properly read and interpret the plaintiff’s mammogram findings, and in failing to timely diagnose and treat her breast cancer, which resulted in a poor diagnosis for the plaintiff. The defendants denied the allegations, and maintained that there was no deviation from acceptable standards of care.

The female plaintiff alleged that during mammograms taken in ________ and ________, the defendant radiologist failed to identify and report suspicious findings, particularly suspicious microcalcifications and a mass that the plaintiff alleged was visible in both mammograms. The plaintiff was diagnosed with lobular carcinoma breast cancer, and brought suit against the defendant hospital for negligent supervision, and against the defendant radiologist for negligence in failing to timely diagnose the plaintiff’s breast cancer. The plaintiff contended that if the defendant had properly read the mammograms and reported that there were suspicious findings, the plaintiff would have underwent further imaging, additional diagnostic studies, and/or a biopsy which would have diagnosed her breast cancer in a timely manner, when her treatment options would have presented a more favorable prognosis.

The defendants denied the allegations and disputed that there was any deviation from acceptable standards of care. The defendant radiologist maintained that there was no negligence, and the plaintiff’s allegations that suspicious findings were not reported in a timely manner were unfounded.

The matter proceeded to trial.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff. No damages were awarded.

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