Lou La Cava and Iva Valtcheva obtained a defense verdict in Pasco County
Lou La Cava and Iva Valtcheva obtained a defense verdict in a case tried in Pasco County. The Plaintiff alleged the Defendant radiologist was negligent in his interpretation of a screening mammogram. The patient had previous mammograms showing a nodule that was considered to be benign. The defendant identified the nodule as being stable. The Plaintiff alleged the nodule had changed from the previous mammograms. A year later the patient was diagnosed with breast cancer. On behalf of the defendant it was argued that the mammogram was appropriately interpreted when compared to the previous studies and that even assuming a delay in diagnosis, the treatment and prognosis for the patient would not have changed. After a one week trial the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.