Biopsy Processing Error Leads to Delay in Diagnosis of Breast Cancer; $1.75M Award

August 19, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​A medical center in Tennessee was ordered to pay $1.75 million to a plaintiff who alleged that the medical center told her that she did not have cancer and then, almost three months later, informed her that an error had occurred in processing her biopsy and diagnosed her with breast cancer. The plaintiff alleged that the delay in diagnosis harmed her, according to a report from the July 2016 Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. A hospital administrator called the 72-year-old patient to tell her about the mistake, and treatment was started.

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