Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” is probably a woman’s worst nightmare. It’s easy to think of worst case scenarios but the fact is the American Cancer Society reports that there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Early Detection and Diagnosis
The key to fighting cancer is early detection and breast cancer is no exception. The earlier it is caught the better. Screening tests such as mammogram, ultrasounds, MRIs, biopsies and clinical breast exams by doctors can detect breast cancer save thousands of lives annually but if they are incorrectly interpreted by a radiologist, pathologist or other doctor, it may be a case of medical malpractice.
If breast cancer is caught in its early stages survival rates are hopeful but if a doctor fails to recognize symptoms or doesn´t send a woman for appropriate tests, then it may be a case of medical malpractice.
Many times doctors fail to order crucial tests or radiologists misread films, pathologists misread slides causing delay in diagnosis that can mean the difference between making a good recovery and suffering serious disease or even death and can be a case of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice may have occurred if any of these factors are present:
- the doctor fails to recommend or perform appropriate cancer screening tests
- the doctor fails to recognize symptoms indicating cancer
- screening tests are not properly administered
- the radiologists misread a screening test
- the testing laboratory makes errors that result in delay in diagnosis
If you feel that you may be the victim of medical malpractice call the attorneys at Oresky & Associates, PLLC., (718) 993-9999. We are available to help you, and our consultation is free.