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.
The most recent wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 57-year-old woman who died of breast cancer in 2010. According to the lawsuit, the woman had a mammogram between 2008 and 2009, and was told that the test was normal. In April 2010, after the hospital learned that the radiology technician was falsifying mammogram results, it contacted the woman and asked her to return for a repeat mammogram.
That second test revealed that the woman had metastatic breast cancer. As a result of the delay in her diagnosis, her treatment options were limited. She passed away later that year.
The woman's next of kin and estate administrator has filed the wrongful death lawsuit on her behalf, naming the technician, hospital and various other defendants. In the suit, the plaintiff alleges that the woman suffered physical pain, discomfort and emotional distress until her untimely death, and requests damages in the form of medical and funeral expenses, as well as court and other costs.
The technician is also facing 10 criminal counts of felony computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. She has pleaded not guilty, and is currently free on bail awaiting trial.
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Source: The Telegraph, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed in relation to Perry Hospital mammogram case," Becky Purser, Mar. 29, 2012