Breast cancer is a progressive illness that affects millions of Americans. Not only does it require immediate treatment to maximize your chances of survival, prompt care and attention is necessary to prevent further damage. The unfortunate reality of breast cancer is that the disease can go undetected and spread, requiring more advanced treatment than what would have been required had early detection occurred. The reasons for malpractice associated with breast cancer may vary. However, when negligence on behalf of a medical professional has placed your health in greater jeopardy, you deserve compensation for the damages you have sustained. If you or your loved one has suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice, speak with an experienced attorney at Newland & Newland, LLP for a risk-free initial consultation.
Causes of Misdiagnosis
A breast cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to take into account the symptoms a patient is experiencing or labels the condition as benign when a condition does exist. Problems with diagnosis can occur in various ways. Some common causes of breast cancer misdiagnosis include:
- Improper Reading of Results: In some cases, doctors may improperly read test results. As a result of this, patients are sometimes told that the abnormality is benign and nothing to be concerned about. This can delay detection for weeks or months until the individual begins experiencing other symptoms associated with the medical condition.
- Improper Testing: The use of proper medical equipment to screen for abnormalities is essential. When an abnormality is detected, it is important to take further testing, such as a biopsy, to determine whether cancer is present. Failure to do so can easily result in a misdiagnosis.
- Improper Treatment: In many instances, a misdiagnosis results in improper treatment. In addition to allowing a cond ition to progress, improper treatment can also cause other side effects by treating a condition that does not exist.
The most common form of misdiagnosis is failing to detect the condition or diagnosing a different condition. However, a misdiagnosis can also occur when an individual is diagnosed with breast cancer when the condition does not exist. In many instances, this subjects a perfectly healthy individual to progressive treatment causing unnecessary harm. If you have been subject to treatment that was not necessary as a result of a misdiagnosis, you are just as much of a victim as those who are further harmed by delayed treatment. Speak with experienced counsel to determine your rights to relief.
Newland & Newland, LLP: Your Personal Injury Litigators
A breast cancer mistake has damaging consequences, some of which cannot be undone. If you have suffered an injury as a result of medical malpractice, our experienced counsel want to help you. Our attorneys know how to effectively litigate all stages of a personal injury actions and you can be sure to depend on us despite whether you are considering settling or taking the case before a jury. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today