$4.5M awarded for diagnosis error

Published by The Boston Globe, July 28, 1999

Medical malpractice jury award—delay in diagnosis of breast cancer

Townsend, MA—A Middlesex Superior Court jury awarded a Townsend woman $4.5 million yesterday after finding a radiologist responsible for a one year delay in diagnosing her breast cancer. Kenneth Miller, a radiologist at the Fallon Clinic in Worcester, detected a density in a mammogram performed on Donna Crain, 49, in September 1991, but did not diagnose her with cancer until a year later, according to Crain’s lawyer, Robert Higgins of the Boston firm Lubin & Meyer. The disease has spread to Crain’s liver, abdomen, back, and neck, and she is not expected to live, Higgins said. Crain is married and has two children.

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