Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys represent breast cancer patients and their families in lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose breast cancer cases. Too often, a woman presents to her physician signs and symptoms of early stage breast cancer and the conditions is either missed or misdiagnosed. The early detection of this type of cancer is essential for necessary treatment to begin to battle this cruel disease.
Unfortunately, medical professionals too often fail to timely diagnose this condition or order tests necessary to make an early diagnosis. Many times, a patient will hear another doctor say under his or her breath, “This should have been found earlier” or “I don’t know why this test was never ordered.” The patient and her family are left wondering “what if” and emotions of anger and frustration are difficult to overcome.
Common Cancer Misdiagnosis Errors
Common medical errors in failing to diagnose breast cancer include:
- Failing to identify an obvious lump during a breast exam or advising the patient to monitor the lump herself over a lengthy period of time causing a substantial delay in diagnosis
- Failing to perform a proper breast exam while treating a patient for other reasons
- Failing to arrange a mammogram, x-ray, CT scan, MRI or other diagnostic test, especially when there should be suspicion that the patient has breast cancer.
- Failing to classify a tumor as malignant
- Failing to properly evaluate test results when tests or misreading test results that would have lead to an early diagnosis of cancer
- Failure to notify patient of test results that are abnormal
- Failure to order future tests
What is Needed to Prove a Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
A medical error that results in a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose breast cancer can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.To win this type of case, it must be established by medical opinions that an earlier diagnosis could and should have been made by the doctor.It must also be proven that if an earlier diagnosis had been made and treatment had begun, the patient would have had a more favorable outcome.Many times, an early lumpectomy or other treatment could have prevented the spread of the cancer and provided an excellent outlook and prognosis for the patient.
Our experienced attorneys will get all of the medical records and have them reviewed by our in house legal team. We will then consult with nationally recognized medical experts to discuss the care and treatment to determine whether medical negligence resulted in harm to the patient. If we can prove your case, we will file your lawsuit against the doctor and medical facility responsible for the negligent care.
How Much are Settlement Amounts in Breast Cancer Malpractice Lawsuits?
Under Michigan law, a victim of medical negligence can seek several different types of compensation. Settlements can include compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and other non-economic type claims. Additional compensation is available for loss of income, loss of future earnings, and medical costs and expenses.
In medical malpractice cases involving the death of a patient, surviving family members can file a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent until death, the loss of society and companionship of the loved one by family members, loss of income and support, medical expenses, and funeral and burial expenses.
Contact Our Michigan Breast Cancer Lawyers
If you or a loved one suffered serious harm or death due to a medical mistake in diagnosing breast cancer, you should contact our office immediately at (800) 606-1717 to learn more about your legal rights. We will obtain all of your medical records, radiology studies, and pathology slides and have them evaluated by highly credentialed cancer specialists to see if the condition was misdiagnosed or should have been diagnosed earlier. We will handle your case under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or expenses whatsoever unless we can obtain a settlement.