Practice Area: Medical malpractice
Outcome: Confidential Settlement
Description: In 1988 a teenage girl had a biopsy performed on a mole-like growth that was located on her right lower back. The pathologist, who interpreted the biopsy, identified it as being benign as opposed to skin cancer. Five years later, while seven months pregnant with her first child at the age of 24, she developed a mass in her right breast. When the mass failed to resolve after she delivered her baby son, a biopsy performed of her right breast mass revealed that it was a metastatic melanoma. A re-review of the prior biopsy that was obtained five years earlier from the mole-like growth on her right lower back, revealed that it was melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer as opposed to a benign growth. Despite undergoing extensive chemotherapy, this young woman succumbed to a painful death from the metastatic melanoma three years after the birth of her son.