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Important Local Health Alert! Cumberland County Health Department is Under Investigation for Failing to Alert Women About Abnormal Test Results

June 1st, 2017

An investigation is underway looking into whether Cumberland County Health Department failed to alert women about abnormal test results from breast and cervical cancer exams.

Former staff at the Health Department claim from 2010-2015, women who received screenings under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) were not properly notified. Based on recent reports, it appears that women who had abnormal results from breast and cervical cancer exams were never contacted or advised to seek follow-up treatment.

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In North Carolina, claims for medical malpractice are governed by a statute of limitations. This means that personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the date of your injury, while claims for wrongful death must be brought within two years.

There are exceptions to this time calculation, under what is known as the “discovery rule,” which allows an additional year from when the injury was or should have been discovered, with no more than four years exceeding from when the injury was caused.

The calculation of the specific time frames for each case are highly fact specific, so if you were affected by this failure to disclose abnormal test results in Cumberland County, we urge you to talk with one of our North Carolina Medical Malpractice lawyers today for your specific case evaluation.

If you were a patient at the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), and did not receive results back after a screening, then were diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer call Henson Fuerst at (919) 781-1107. We will provide a free case review and consultation, and help to determine if negligence was involved.

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