Breast cancer. Those two words strike fear into the hearts of women. But with modern methods of early detection and diagnosis, millions of women survive and live long lives after breast cancer. The key is catching it at an early stage, before it begins to spread to other areas of the body. However, a small error can cost a woman her life, so contact a Phoenix breast cancer attorney if your doctor failed to diagnose you or a loved one.
One in every eight women will have breast cancer over the course of a lifetime; but only one in thirty-six will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. When detected in its earliest stages, breast cancer is far from being a death sentence. It is very curable early on. So it is absolutely essential that doctors are diligent in ordering routine screenings and following up on any possible indication of cancer without delay.
The Tools and Tests to Prevent Breast Cancer Deaths
We have the tools to prevent the loss of life to breast cancer: mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and clinical breast exams are available to reveal lumps or masses. But if your doctor doesn’t order these tests, you may never know that a lump too small for you to detect on your own may be a growing threat to your life. This frequently happens to younger women, even when they have obvious symptoms, because doctors don’t consider breast cancer a young woman’s disease; but it all too often is.
Even when the tests have been ordered, the potential for a failure to diagnose the cancer remains. The doctors and radiologists women trust to perform and interpret these tests must be careful and competent. An error could cost a woman her life. If your doctor failed to diagnose breast cancer, or didn’t order the screening tests despite an indication or risk factor that you might have, the doctor can be considered negligent and held liable for your advancing illness. Likewise, if a screening was not performed properly or a radiologist failed to read the results accurately, and the diagnosis was missed, this could potentially constitute medical negligence.
Your Right to Medical Competence
The anguish of a breast cancer diagnosis is compounded by the knowledge that a trusted physician’s error in diagnosis could cost your life or the life of someone you love. Doctors and other healthcare professionals are only licensed to practice after receiving extensive education and demonstrating their knowledge and ability. You have the right to expect that a licensed doctor, nurse, radiologist, or other licensed healthcare professional will apply that education, knowledge, and experience to your case, and that you will be able to trust your doctor’s diagnosis, or lack thereof.
When the standard of care you receive falls short of that which another reasonably competent licensed physician or other healthcare professional would provide in similar circumstances, you may be able to recover money as compensation for your damages. If the breach of standard of care has resulted in a wrongful death, the estate and the survivors who loved and depended on the deceased may have a civil cause of action against the doctor, radiologist, or other negligent healthcare provider.
What You Can Do When Your Doctor Has Failed to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Unfortunately, there may be little you can do to recover your health if the cancer has spread out of control, and there is no way to bring back a loved one who has died because of a doctor’s negligence. But you can often recover money to help compensate for the financial and personal losses you’ve suffered. Even more importantly, you can hold these negligent doctors accountable for the terrible harm they’ve caused you and your family, and in doing so deter future incidences of medical negligence, perhaps saving other patients and families from the anguish and pain you’ve endured.
When you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice and have been harmed physically, emotionally, and/or financially as a result, you should immediately consult an experienced Phoenix medical malpractice attorney. Because of the extreme difficulty and complexity of these cases, make sure that the lawyer you select has succeeded in winning meaningful awards for past clients in similar cases. Your attorney must be conversant with medical standards, procedures, and terminology and should have expert medical professionals on call to assist in analyzing your medical records and proving the case for negligence.
Legal Help for Medical Malpractice in Phoenix
If your doctor has missed a diagnosis of breast cancer and your disease has worsened, or if a member of your family has died from breast cancer that her doctor failed to diagnose, you will find the help you need at Knapp & Roberts. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers are seasoned medical malpractice attorneys with years of experience assisting women and their families who have become victims of negligent failure to diagnose breast cancer or other devastating diseases. We have handled numerous cases in Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, and we want to hear your story. Call for a free consultation to protect your right to justice.
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