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Sacramento Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

In any given year, hundreds of thousands of American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are nearly 1 in 8 women who will acquire invasive breast cancer within their life.

The Importance of Early Detection

The most important factor in determining whether breast cancer treatment will be successful is how early the cancer is detected. Generally, the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the prognosis. In regards to breast cancer, women are encourage to perform monthly breast self-examinations in addition to seeing their physician regularly in order to make it easier to detect when something abnormal is happening.

Did your doctor miss an early sign of cancer that lead to you developing invasive breast cancer? If you live in the Greater Sacramento Area and your doctor failed to diagnose your breast cancer, contact the medical malpractice Attorneys at Teal and Montgomery by calling 916-472-0003 today.

Doctors should be experts in early detection.

We depend on doctors and medical professionals to correctly review and interpret the results of a mammogram or other tests. Doctors should order the appropriate tests when there are symptoms of cancer. When doctors do not take these steps, patients lose precious time to combat their disease. When it comes to cancer, every moment counts.

Please contact us or call 916-472-0003 to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience.

Signs of Breast Cancer

There are many early warning signs that could be or could lead to breast cancer that should not be ignored. These are:

  • Redness of the breast
  • Lump in the breast
  • Swelling or thickening of breast tissue or tissue near the breast
  • Breast discomfort or pain

Defining “Failure to Diagnose”

Failure to diagnose is considered a legal term used to describe any instance where a serious illness or disease is misdiagnosed or if there is a significant delay in treatment or diagnosis. For example if what is actually a cancerous lump is labeled as a cyst or swollen gland, that would be misdiagnosis. If the lump is brushed off completely as a fluke, it would be failure to diagnose.

Reasons for Failure to Diagnose

There are several reasons that might contribute to a physician’s failure to diagnose breast cancer. Most commonly this is a result of:

  • Failure to acknowledge or take seriously a typical signs of breast cancer
  • Failure to request appropriate tests
  • Failure to properly read or interpret radiology reports
  • Failure to get necessary lab work

Consequences of Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

If a doctor failed to diagnose your breast cancer or a loved one’s breast cancer in a timely fashion, your options for fighting it are fewer and you have a reduced chance of survival. In these situations, a malpractice attorney can help you recover financial compensation for the costs of additional surgeries and other expenses you have incurred. The law firm of Teal & Montgomery has the experience, skill and resources you need to present a strong malpractice claim. With offices in Sacramento and Santa Rosa, we serve people across Northern California.

At Teal and Montgomery, one of our lawyers, Thomas Q. Winter, is also a licensed physician. This means our firm has a level of in-house medical knowledge that few other law firms have. Further, our firm has obtained numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice litigation. While these results do not guarantee similar results in your own claim, we do have the track record and the resources to give your malpractice claim every chance for success.

Contact Teal & Montgomery Today

If you have been injured by a failure to diagnose breast cancer, or if you have lost a loved one, we would like to talk to you.

We welcome you to contact us or call 916-472-0003 to schedule a free initial consultation at your convenience. We will not charge attorney’s fees unless we recover damages for your injuries.