Update on Allison Breast Center and Dr. Bigg: Second and Third Lawsuits Now Filed
Courtney Sweasy—September 25, 2020
Breit Cantor Grana Buckner has filed our second and third lawsuits against the Allison Breast Center and Dr. Bigg for negligence in failing to evaluate and interpret mammograms and/or ultrasounds that were highly suggestive of malignancy. Both of our clients were told that they had benign cysts that later turned out to be cancerous masses. Dr. Bigg did not perform a biopsy or provide referrals to a surgeon. Both women were later determined to have cancers with late stage diagnoses. As a result, both of our clients had to undergo more aggressive treatments than if they had been properly diagnosed at Stage I.
UPDATE ON MEDICAL BOARD HEARING:
Dr. Michael Bigg’s hearing before the Board of Medicine originally scheduled for June 2020 is not going to be rescheduled for 2020 date. The Board of Medicine has advised that this is because of the additional claims that have since been filed which need to be fully investigated prior to a hearing. The hearing is to be rescheduled for a date in 2021 and our team will keep you updated. In the meantime, Dr. Bigg’s license remains suspended pending the Board’s investigation.
On November 21, 2019, our firm filed the first lawsuit against Allison Breast Center and Dr. Bigg for the negligent interpretation of Marian Kay Smith’s mammograms and ultrasounds from 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, resulting in a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer. When Kay’s cancer was finally detected in late October 2018, it had already metastasized. Kay fought for justice for herself and the safety of other women until her last breath on April 11, 2020. Our team, led by Attorney Stephanie Grana, will continue to fight for Kay Smith as well as other victims of Dr. Bigg.
On May 20, 2020, Dr. Michael Bigg’s license was suspended by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Subsequently, the Allison Breast Center on Forest Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, owned and operated by Dr. Bigg was, temporarily closed. The suspension of Dr. Bigg’s license and the closure of the Allison Breast Center occurred as a result of an investigation conducted by the Board of Medicine involving 18 Allison Breast Center patients. The 66-page report states, in part,
“Dr. Bigg is incompetent to practice medicine and surgery with safety to patients and the public, in that he, including by and through his employees acting under his direction and control at ABC, failed, contrary to sound medical judgment and acceptable standards of medical practice, to appropriately work-up, diagnose, and manage multiple ABC patients, failed to maintain complete and accurate records for these patients, and failed to conduct himself and his practice in a safe and responsible manner.”
If you were a patient of the Allison Breast Center, we understand how troubling the news of the allegations raised by the Virginia Board of Medicine against Dr. Bigg must be. The best thing you can do for your health is to schedule a new mammogram at a certified facility and/or additional follow-up. Many of our local hospitals have designated diagnostic breast centers that would be an option for you. Please reach out to your Primary Care Physician or OBGYN for a referral. Also, it may be helpful to call your insurance company and share the Board of Medicine Order and Statement of Allegations to explain why a repeat mammogram or ultrasound is being requested sooner than 1 year.
Additionally, as a patient of Allison Breast Center, you have a right to your medical records as well as the imaging studies pursuant to VirginiaCode Section 8.01-413. We recommend that you contact Allison Breast Center to request your medical records, as well as imaging studies. They have asked that you mail a request and include the following:
Your Full Name (as well as maiden/married names if they may have changed in recent years)
Date of Birth
Address You Would Like Your Records to be Sent To [we suggest that you ask to pick up your records]
Please mail your request to: Allison Breast Center Commonwealth Building 7301 Forest Avenue, Suite 110 Richmond, VA 23226
Keep track of your communications – make a copy of your letter and note the dates and times that you reached out to follow-up. Include a specific request to pick up your records, rather than having them mailed. Be patient, it may take some time to get this information.
Breit Cantor Grana Buckner will be glad to provide you with a template letter to request your records/imaging studies as well as a copy of the Board of Medicine Statement of Allegations to share with your insurance company. Please call 855-212-8200 and we will coordinate getting these to you.
If you were a patient of Dr. Bigg and have received a breast cancer diagnosis, you should speak to Stephanie Grana and our team about the pending cases we have against Dr. Bigg to see if pursuing a lawsuit is an option for you as well. You can reach us here or by calling 855-212-8200.
More Information: Recent News Stories Regarding Dr. Bigg:
By Courtney Sweasy