Maryland Breast Cancer Malpractice Lawyer
Along with coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke, cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the United States. Of the many cancer subtypes, breast cancer is likely the most well-known. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose breast cancer happens all too often because the disease can be difficult to detect. If a healthcare provider failed to reasonably diagnose your cancer, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Many cases of cancer are preventable or can be completely treated if a proper and early diagnosis is made. In fact, early detection is often a breast cancer patient’s best hope of defeating the disease. Detection of cancer at its later stages significantly increases the risk the disease will spread, leading to death.
The first line of defense in screening for breast cancer is a mammogram. Misreading of a mammogram is where misdiagnosis of breast cancer often starts. Yet, a recent study showed that women have an unrealistic expectation of mammograms. Forty-four percent of the women studied believed that screening mammography had a sensitivity of 100% and therefore found all breast cancers. In fact, the reliability of such tests depends on radiologists. Thus, the tests are highly sensitive to human error.
A misdiagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis can delay critical treatments, worsen the disease, or even cause death. The major causes of missed or delayed cancer diagnosis can include:
- A cancerous lesion missed during a biopsy.
- A cancerous mass incorrectly diagnosed as non-cancerous.
- The failure to order proper testing.
- A cancerous tumor that is is incorrectly classified as to type or incorrectly graded as to aggressiveness.
- Specimens that are improperly handled, read or interpreted.
- The failure to adequately screen increased risk patients.
- The failure to understand patient’s complaints.
The breast cancer misdiagnosis lawyer of The Abelson Law Firm, represents victims and their families seeking compensation for a doctor’s misdiagnosis or medical mistake. If you or a family member has suffered because of a doctor’s missed breast cancer diagnosis, you may be able to recover your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for your pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, reduced lifespan, disability, and more.
Contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of The Abelson Law Firm today to discuss your case. We will help you determine your best options just contact us online.