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Breast Cancer Malpractice Attorney
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. According to the National Cancer Institute, diagnosis rates for breast cancer have increased in recent years but fortunately the overall breast cancer death rate has dropped steadily since the 1990s.
Early detection and treatment allows many patients to successfully recover from the disease, but getting diagnosed as soon as possible is crucial. If you believe that medical malpractice has kept you or a loved one from receiving adequate and timely breast cancer treatment, a breast cancer malpractice lawyer can help.
What is breast cancer malpractice?
Breast cancer malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to follow the appropriate guidelines for detection of breast cancer – a mistake that could mean the difference between life and death. Different doctors may be responsible. The most common cases we see involve:
- Internal medicine or family doctors who ignore patient complaints, or fail to refer to surgeon.
- Radiologists who misread mammogram images or fail to clearly communicate the results.
- Surgeons who fail to perform a necessary biopsy.
The breast cancer malpractice lawyers at GorenLaw, P.C. are experienced attorneys who have assisted numerous victims in pursuing medical malpractice claims. We look forward to helping you. We understand how serious a failure to diagnose and treat can be. We will discuss with you, research and seek expert medical opinions regarding:
- Who has failed to diagnose or treat,
- How long the delay has been, and
- How the delay has affected your prognosis.
Breast cancer risk factors
It is estimated that 12.7 percent of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. There are a variety of risk factors associated with breast cancer, but most women who have one or more breast cancer risk factors never develop the disease. Though smoking, drinking, and diet have been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, there are many factors that are not in your control including gender, age, and genetics. Women are significantly more prone to the disease, and the risk increases as a woman ages. Most patients are diagnosed at older than 50. Breast cancer can also be hereditary when a child inherits a mutated gene from a parent. Breast cancer can affect anyone, though, including younger people and men. That’s why it’s important for medical professionals to take all signs and symptoms seriously and evaluate patients on a case-by-case basis. Experienced breast cancer malpractice lawyers will fully investigate cases to determine whether medical malpractice caused a delay creating problems in your breast cancer treatment.
A variety of screening tools are available to help identify breast cancer in its early stages. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance is that it can be effectively treated. More treatment options also are available when diagnosis occurs in the early stages. A mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, is the best method to detect breast cancer early. Having regular mammograms is proven to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. Ask your doctor when you should begin having annual mammograms. Clinical breast exams are done in-office by a doctor or nurse. These exams are performed by hand and check for lumps or other breast changes. Self-exams at home are also important. Be sure to consult a physician for more information on early detection, and always immediately discuss any breast changes or lumps with your doctor.
How to get help
At GorenLaw we only receive a fee if we are successful in getting you money. There is no fee for discussing your case with our breast cancer malpractice lawyers. For over 30 years, success has kept GorenLaw in the business of helping those harmed by the negligence of others. We have the highest rating for legal skill and integrity as rated by the well-established legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell. Attorneys in our firm have received numerous forms of professional recognition including being named in Law& Politics list of “Superlawyers” and Marquis’ list of Who’s Who in American Law. Our passion for providing help to malpractice victims and their families – paired with the resources and expertise we offer in this complicated area of law – allows us to effectively represent our clients during this difficult time in their lives.
If you suspect that a doctor error caused a delay in your breast cancer diagnosis, contact one of our Detroit breast cancer malpractice lawyers today for a totally free consultation. For prompt legal advice, submit a free case evaluation form to us online or call us at (248) 540-3100. All of our cases are taken on a contingency basis – we don’t get paid unless you get paid.