$200,000 Settlement After Podiatrist Negligence Delays Cancer Diagnosis
- Date: Fall 1996
- Attorney: Ronald Goldfaden
- Settlement: $200,000
- Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose Cancer, Podiatrist, Melanoma
A 69-year-old woman regularly visited her podiatrist to have her toenails cut and calluses scaled from the bottom of her feet. After many years of treatment, a callus on one foot suddenly turned dark blue, began to bleed and would not heal. Instead of sending his patient for a biopsy of the misdiagnosed “callus,” the podiatrist continued treatments.
Nearly a year later, a different physician ordered a biopsy of the “callus,” which turned out to be a malignant melanoma. This cancer spread and the woman died two years later. Blume Goldfaden principal Ronald Goldfaden obtained a $200,000 settlement on behalf of the woman’s estate.