A new study by the Doctors Co., and CRICO has found that the largest percentage of breast cancer malpractice claims are from patients who allege a diagnosis of breast cancer was delayed. Sixty-nine percent of breast cancer malpractice between 2009 and 2014 were due to an alleged failure to diagnose. The other 39 percent were due to the physician's alleged negligent treatment of breast cancer patients.
The study analyzed 562 malpractice claims filed by breast cancer patients. These claims came from the databases of both CIRCO and Doctors Co. Almost half of the 342 cases that alleged a delayed diagnosis involved radiology. However, the cases that involved radiology didn't mean that the radiologist was always at fault or negligent. In some of the cases, a primary care physicians or other members of the medical staff may not have read the radiologist's report correctly.