$1 Million Settlement in Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer

Robin Mann underwent a screening mammogram at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A doctor there allegedly noted a previously seen mass in Mann’s left breast but did not order an ultrasound.

Approximately two years later, Mann underwent another screening mammogram that revealed no new masses. The following year, she noticed a mass in her left thigh, a small lump in her right buttock and a palpable lump in her left breast. A physician at McGuires Women’s Health Center allegedly diagnosed a benign fibrocystic condition and ordered another mammogram. After undergoing this test, Mann was advised to continue with routine screening mammograms.

The lump in Mann’s breast grew larger. She underwent a diagnostic mammogram, but this allegedly was not compared to the previous images. When an ultrasound did show an abnormal mass, Mann underwent a breast biopsy, which led to a diagnosis of high-grade invasive mammary carcinoma.

Mann had to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and several surgeries to treat her breast cancer. She later developed neuropathy, and her cancer by then had metastasized to her brain.

Mann sued the United States, alleging its healthcare providers negligently chose not to timely diagnose breast cancer and initiate immediate treatment. The delayed diagnosis resulted in reduced life expectancy. Mann asserted that the medical center’s radiologist had missed an obvious abnormal mass present on the screening mammogram.

The United States was the defendant in this cause because the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a federally funded and operated facility.

Before trial, the parties settled for $1 million.

The attorneys handling this cause for Mann were Brewster S. Rawls and Glen H. Sturtevant Jr.

Mann v. United States, No. 3:22-cv-00181 (E.D. Va. 2022).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling misdiagnosed breast cancer lawsuits, medical negligence cases, hospital negligence lawsuits, and wrongful death cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Lincolnwood, Elmwood Park, Rosemont, Wood Dale, Elmhurst, Cicero, Bedford Park, Summit, Forestview, LaGrange, Western Springs, Olympia Fields, Oak Park, Chicago (West Town, Austin, Humboldt Park, Belmont Cragin, Lakeview, Uptown, Rogers Park, Edgewater), Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Skokie and Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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