A Lehigh County, Pennsylvania jury awarded a Monroe County woman almost $4 million in medical malpractice case for failure to diagnose her cancer.
Because the jury found that Plaintiff was also 35 percent negligent, the total award against the defendant under Pennsylvania’s comparative negligence scheme in personal injury cases is reduced to $2.6 million.
The doctor accused of malpractice had diagnosed the lump as a sebaceous cyst of the chest wall. He told the Plaintiff that is was not cancer but that she could have it drained if it became a problem. Accordingly, the Plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawyers argued at trial that the doctor was negligent in failing to recommend follow up testing that would have uncovered her breast cancer before it spread to her bones.
While $2.6 million dollars is a lot of money, you never walk away from medical malpractice cases like this thinking the Plaintiff has won because she has already lost so much more than $2.4 million.