When a doctor or medical professional does not take proper steps to diagnose or treat breast cancer, it can be dangerous to you or a loved one. Naturally, the injuries that follow the improper treatment can be severe as well. Breast cancer is a preeminent cause of death among American women. Sadly, some women who could have survived their breast cancer did not because of a delayed diagnosis. At Cardaro & Peek, we know that every potential victim of medical malpractice is going through a difficult time and complex situation and want to help you navigate the tough road ahead. Below, we will examine how a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer impacts the lives of the patients who receive inadequate medical treatment.
How is Breast Cancer Detected?
Doctors often detect breast cancer via mammogram, ultrasound, physical exam and/or blood work during routine screening. But even with the increased use and availability of screenings, a large percentage of breast cancers are detected by the patients themselves. Around 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who simply felt a lump.
How Can Medical Malpractice Occur?
Should a doctor or medical professional fail to properly order follow up medical scans, blood work, or other tests, this can quickly lead to disastrous results. Despite the known prevalence of self-diagnosed breast cancer, sometimes doctors don’t listen to their patients, or rely too much on imaging tests. Mistakes like that can result in breast cancer going undiagnosed for months or years. Adding to the frustration is the fact that the woman knew something was wrong, but had her opinion disregarded. Failure to diagnose is a major impediment, as early detection is a breast cancer patient’s best hope of defeating the disease. Some studies have found that the difference between Stage I and Stage IV drops survival rates by over 80%.
What Can I Do After a Delayed Diagnosis?
A delayed diagnosis of breast cancer could most allow the cancer to spread to other parts of the body, potentially resulting in serious consequences. The trauma that arises from this can be severe. If you think you suffered injury due to a delayed diagnosis, you should find a lawyer who is well-versed in medical malpractice. The lawyer or firm should know how to succeed in a medical malpractice claim in court, so you can get the recovery you deserve.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC
Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.