New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Representing Women in Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Cases
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for American women. Only lung cancer claims more women’s lives, according to the American Cancer Society. When caught early, breast cancer can often be treated successfully. A delayed diagnosis of breast cancer can be life-threatening. The cancer can spread to surrounding tissues. Eventually, it may metastasize to other areas of the body.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Team Law take legal action against negligent doctors who failed to diagnose breast cancer in a timely manner. We pursue financial compensation for victims of delayed diagnosis of breast cancer. We also represent the survivors of women who died due to a doctor’s carelessness.
Five Ways a Delayed Diagnosis Can Happen
Consider this scenario: A woman discovers a breast lump while doing a self-exam. She visits her doctor, who feels the lump while performing a manual exam. Then something goes wrong. At her next mammogram two years later, the woman finds out she has an advanced form of breast cancer. Following are five ways her cancer diagnosis could have been delayed:
- Physician fails to order any screening tests: Without ordering any tests, the woman’s doctor tells her that the lump is just a benign cyst and she is fine.
- Radiologist misreads the mammogram film: The woman’s doctor suspects the lump is just a benign cyst, but orders a mammogram just to be sure. The radiologist misinterprets the film and mistakenly reports that the test for cancer is negative.
- Physician fails to order a biopsy after a negative mammogram finding: After reviewing the negative mammogram results, the doctor gives the patient the all clear, even though the lump is still there.
- A pathologist misinterprets the biopsy slide: This time the doctor orders a biopsy after the mammogram came back negative. The patient is relieved when the biopsy comes back negative and the doctor is pleased he ordered the extra test to be absolutely certain. Unfortunately, pathology —the examination of tissue samples — is not free of human carelessness.
- A doctor fails to communicate or act upon test results: The doctor ordered a biopsy after a negative mammogram result. The biopsy was positive for cancer, but the doctor never communicated the results to the patient or took action based on the findings.
*When breast cancer diagnosis is delayed, women have fewer treatment options and less chance of survival.
Led by medical malpractice attorney Roy J. Konray, the medical malpractice attorneys at Team Law hold negligent medical professionals accountable. We will aggressively pursue financial compensation for the full extent of the damages you have suffered. Our legal team has won millions of dollars in financial compensation for clients injured by medical malpractice.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a member of your family suffered significant harm because of a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, please contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation online or call (732) 388-5454.