A former radiology technician is facing both criminal charges and multiple civil personal injury lawsuits for allegedly falsifying the results of more than 1,000 mammogram tests over the span of 16 months. Of 1,289 mammograms for which the technician entered a negative result, 10 were actually positive. As a result, those 10 women suffered delayed breast cancer diagnoses and significant harm to their health and prognoses.
Although this case did not take place in New Jersey, it provides a unique example of the potentially life-changing harm that can take place following a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Normally, plaintiffs file medical malpractice lawsuits after doctors have failed to properly diagnose them, causing them to wait to seek treatment until their diseases are irreversibly advanced.
When a 50-year-old woman discovered a marble-sized lump in her breast, she went to her doctor for a mammogram, hoping and praying that she did not have breast cancer. She thought her prayers were granted when her doctor concluded that there was "no evidence of malignancy" in the lump. He did not order any additional tests, and she trusted his diagnosis.