Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent cancer patients and their families in lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer cases. This includes cases involving ovarian cancer. Victims of this medical malpractice do have legal rights under Michigan law.
Ovarian cancer forms in the ovaries, and can then spread to other areas including the peritoneum, diaphragm, bloodstream and lymph nodes. Most ovarian cancers are either ovarian epithelial carcinomas (cancer that begins in the cells on the surface of the ovary) or malignant germ cell tumors (cancer that begins in egg cells). Despite the familiarity doctors have with ovarian cancer, misdiagnosis or mistreatment of lung cancer is a growing cause of medical malpractice claims.
Risk Factors For Ovarian Cancer
Here are some important risk factors that are associated with ovarian cancer:
- Family history of ovarian cancer
- Age: women over 50 are at greater risk of developing ovarian cancer
- Family history of breast cancer or colon cancer
- Women who have never had children are at greater risk
- Hormone replacement therapy may be associated with an increased risk
- Fertility drugs may increase risk
What is Needed to Prove an Ovarian 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 transvaginal ultrasound or other procedure 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 Ovarian 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.
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Contact Our Michigan Ovarian Cancer Lawyers
If you or a loved one believe you have been wronged by a medical professional for failing to diagnose ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our award winning attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the Free Case Review Box on the side of this page. We will listen to your story and explain what your options are given your unique circumstances.
Our firm will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which mean you will not be responsible for any fees unless we are able to obtain a settlement or jury verdict for you. There is nothing to lose, so call us today!