$7.5 Million Awarded In Va. Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice Case
A Spotsylvania County, Virginia jury has awarded what is believed to be one of the largest malpractice recoveries in Virginia history to the family of a woman who died after a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, $7.5 million. This is also the second largest malpractice award against Dr. Donna Gamache, reports the Fredericksburg, Va. Free Lance-Star.
In 2003, the 53-year-old woman found a 1 inch by 2 inch lump in her breast and went to Dr. Gamache’s office. A mammogram was negative. The lawsuit argued the doctor should have ordered more tests to properly diagnose the lump and should have not relied on the false-negative mammogram. When the patient returned to the doctor seven months later, she was diagnosed as Stage IV and the cancer was incurable. The woman died in 2006.
The award will be reduced to $1.65 million: the state-mandated malpractice cap at the time of the negligence.
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