The Doctor Didn’t Order A Mammogram After I Said A Could Feel A Lump. It Spread And I Had A Full Mastectomy.
It is estimated that approximately 230,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. That means that around 12 percent of American women will be diagnosed by invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. Breast cancer can be complicated to treat and catching it as early as possible is absolutely critical. Unfortunately all too often doctors negligently fail to follow proper procedures resulting in early developing breast cancer going undetected for far too long and putting the patient at risk. Negligent misdiagnosis of breast cancer is medical malpractice.
I felt a lump and nothing was done
Public awareness campaigns highlighting the importance of self examination of breasts for lumps other abnormalities are increasingly widespread. Yet sadly, even today some doctors fail to properly follow up on this self-reporting from their patients. If a patient self reports feeling a lump a doctor should follow up by then examining the breasts for a lump. But even if a doctor is unable to find evidence of a lump in their medical examination the doctor should continue to pursue the possibility by ordering a mammogram or other advantage imaging tests. The risk is too high to simply ignore and brush off the patient’s self report as nothing.
Proving Misdiagnosed Breast Cancer is Medical Malpractice
To prove misdiagnosed breast cancer is medical malpractice one must prove negligence on the part of the doctor. A doctor would be negligent if they fail to provide the same standard of care that other qualified doctors would have provided in a reasonably similar circumstance. In the case of breast misdiagnosis, this requires establishing the proper medical standard of care. And then establishing how the doctor deviated from that standard of care. The failure to order a mammogram when a patient claimed they found a lump during self examination may be negligence. An attorney experienced in medical malpractice should review the case thoroughly if this happened to you or your loved one. When the negligence of a doctor rises to the level of medical malpractice in a case of misdiagnosed breast cancer the result can be very serious and possibly deadly. The patient or their family may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Contact an experienced Sacramento medical malpractice attorney for help
Medical malpractice claims for failure to diagnose breast cancer can be complicated, you must have a highly experienced medical malpractice attorney by your side. If you or your loved one is dealing with a case of misdiagnosed case breast cancer in Sacramento contact the Teal Law Group at 916-448-1010 today for a free consultation.