Breast cancer is one of the most missed or misdiagnosed medical conditions out there and one of the leading causes for a medical malpractice claim. A missed breast cancer diagnosis can have devastating consequences as it can result in a delay of treatment or a complete failure to treat the disease until it has reached the more advanced stages.
If you have been seriously injured because of a missed breast cancer diagnosis, you may be eligible to file a West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Causes of a Missed Breast Cancer Diagnosis
There are a number of causes for a missed breast cancer diagnosis, some of which include:
- mammogram is misread by a radiologist;
- mammogram fails to detect a lump;
- biopsy is incorrectly performed;
- doctor dismisses patient's symptoms;
- biopsy results are misread by a pathologist;
- a malignant mass is mistakenly diagnosed as benign; and
- patient's symptoms are associated with a completely unrelated medical condition.
Whether the mistake is with the doctor, a radiologist or a laboratory error, a missed breast cancer diagnosis can constitute a serious form of medical negligence in West Virginia.
Consequences of a Missed Breast Cancer Diagnosis
There are serious consequences that can result from a missed breast cancer diagnosis. Of course, the worst outcome being that a patient's condition would significantly worsen or prove fatal because of a substantially delayed treatment. This can occur when the breast cancer has advanced or spread to other organs.
Another consequence of a missed breast cancer diagnosis is that patients may have to undergo intense forms of treatment that could have otherwise been avoided, such as with chemotherapy or radiation or surgery such as a mastectomy. Breast cancer, like other forms of the disease, has a higher survival and recovery rate when the condition is diagnosed in its early stages.
If your physician ignored your breast cancer symptoms, failed to order the necessary tests, or any other form of medical negligence resulted in a missed breast cancer diagnosis, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical treatments as well as pain and suffering, through a West Virginia medical malpractice claim.
How a Clarksburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
A Clarksburg medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your legal options if you have been the victim of a missed breast cancer diagnosis.
Your Clarksburg medical malpractice lawyer can help collect the documentation and evidence necessary to prove your claim. They can also work with medical experts to prove the validity of the medical negligence you are claiming and the physical and emotional consequences of such negligence.
Contact a Clarksburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation - 304-326-1800