Misread mammogram claims: 7th woman sues Henrico radiologist, alleges treatment delayed for 6 years

Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 03, 2020

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A seventh woman has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Michael Bigg and the Allison Breast Center for allegedly misreading her mammograms, which delayed her diagnosis and treatment for six years.

The new lawsuit comes just weeks after one of the other women who sued Bigg, Tina Doub, died from her breast cancer.

According to the court filing in Henrico Circuit Court, Nancy Russell had a mammogram done at the Allison Breast Center in September of 2014, and Dr. Bigg told her the results were benign.

But, according to the lawsuit filed by Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, PLLC, Russell had precancerous lesions, and a biopsy should have been ordered.

In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Russell returned for her annual mammograms, and each time Dr. Bigg told her there were "no findings suspicious for malignancy," and recommended another mammogram in one year.

But, according to the lawsuit, Russell had a mass in her right breast indicative of cancer starting in 2017.

In June of 2020, Russell learned from a friend that Bigg's medical license had been suspended by the Virginia Board of Medicine after finding 18 patients had their mammograms misread by Bigg.

She immediately called Bon Secours to request a new mammogram.

In July of 2020, Russell learned she had a large mass in her right breast that was cancer.

Russell is one of four women who have filed lawsuits against Bigg and the Allison Breast Center, who were not listed in the Board of Medicine's report.