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Coffinas Recovers $1,200,000 in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Delay Case

October 4, 2021 in

The attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. are pleased to announce the recovery of $1,200,000 on behalf of a medical malpractice victim whose breast cancer diagnosis was delayed.


Plaintiff Undergoes a Mammogram to Detect Signs of Cancer, Never Receives Results


A 52-year-old woman had a mammogram in February 2016. However, she never received results from her primary care physician who ordered the screening mammogram. She also never received a layperson letter from the radiology facility—a requirement by the radiologist.


In May of 2017, over a year later, the patient returned to her primary care physician for a checkup. At that time, her physician advised her that she needed a follow-up mammogram. This was the first time the physician had recommended a follow-up mammogram and did not provide an explanation as to why he did not tell the patient sooner. After the patient had a follow-up exam, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer soon thereafter. As a result, the patient began to undergo chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation therapy.


Trial Attorney Eleni Coffinas Claims an Earlier Detection Would Have Prevented a Stage 2 Diagnosis, Obtains Substantial Settlement


Eleni Coffinas, SPBMCC Senior Partner and top trial attorney, represented the plaintiff in the case. Coffinas argued that the plaintiff’s cancer would have been diagnosed at Stage One, not Stage Two, if she had received an earlier diagnosis. 


During his deposition, the defendant produced a 35-second phone call between him and the plaintiff several days after the initial mammogram and testified that during that conversation, he told her she needed a follow-up exam. The plaintiff denied that this follow-up conversation ever happened.  


Ultimately, on September 1st, 2021 in a Nassau County Court, the prosecution and defense reached a settlement of $1,200,000 to support the plaintiff as she navigates her Stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Have You Experienced a Cancer Diagnosis Delay? Contact SPBMCC for a Free Consultation


The knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at SPBMCC have ample experience securing deserved settlements for victims of medical malpractice and medical negligence. To learn more about firm Senior Partner and medical malpractice litigation leader, Eleni Coffinas, and her remarkable track record of settlements and verdicts, click here.

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