When Failing To Diagnose Breast Cancer Causes Harm
We frequently hear stories about people beating breast cancer because it was “caught early.” For some people, however, the ability to beat cancer in its early stages has been taken away from them by their doctors’ failure to timely diagnose breast cancer. The difference can be serious — causing more rounds of chemo and growing mounds of medical bills — or it can be deadly.
Taking Action After Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
We expect our doctors to diagnose our illnesses and put us on a path to treatment. When they fail to follow the standards required of them by their profession and miss a major diagnosis such as breast cancer, they should be held accountable.
Have you lost a loved one to breast cancer? Do you face a later stage of breast cancer due to a misdiagnosis? Seek legal counsel immediately to learn if you can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit. Schedule a free consultation with the experienced lawyers at Sokol & Associates, P.C., by calling 503-575-9683 for a free case evaluation.
At Sokol & Associates, P.C., our firm’s founder, Larry Sokol, has nearly 40 years of experience handling medical malpractice claims. He understands the challenges involved in proving failure to diagnose claims and is ready to meet them head-on.
Proving Failure To Diagnose Breast Cancer
Medical malpractice claims are unlike any other injury claims. Showing that a doctor did not diagnose your breast cancer during one of your visits to his or her office is not enough. You must also be able to show:
The doctor breached the standard of care required by his or her profession when the failure to diagnosis occurred. Did your doctor ask appropriate questions to understand your symptoms? Did he or she order the proper tests based on your symptoms?
The doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer caused injury. The doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer must have put you or your loved one in a worse position than you or she would have been in had the breach not occurred. Failure to diagnose stage IV breast cancer may not be considered medical malpractice if there was nothing that could be done to save your loved one. Failure to diagnose cancer in its early stages, however, may have prevented you or your loved one from beating cancer.
As you can see, medical malpractice lawsuits are not black-and-white, even when it is clear that your doctor failed to diagnose breast cancer. That is why it is vital to have an attorney on your side who has the experience, knowledge and resources to evaluate your medical malpractice claim and gather the evidence necessary to get results.