Metro Verdicts Monthly’s cover graph is failure to diagnose breast cancer settlements and verdicts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
By some estimates, between 8% and 12% of cancer cases are initially misdiagnosed. It is hard to call one type of cancer misdiagnosis case more tragic than another. Every misdiagnosis is going to decrease the chance of treating and defeating the cancer. But, many cancer misdiagnosis cases are not medical malpractice cases because the cancer is so aggressive, but breast cancer misdiagnosis cases are fueled by tragedy because breast cancer is often extremely manageable when caught early, and often fatal when missed.
The median verdict/settlement in failure to diagnose breast cancer lawsuits:
- Maryland: $955,841
- Washington, D.C.: $1,101,000
- Virginia: $550,000
I think the average breast cancer misdiagnosis verdict/settlement is much higher. I don’t have the data, but the median is almost invariably lower than the average.