Breast Cancer Medical Negligence
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast malignancies drastically increases the survivability rate of those affected by this disease.
The earlier the cancer is detected and treated the greater the patient's chance of a full recovery. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cancer is occasionally delayed by physicians and other medical personnel who, through inappropriate or deficient care, fail to timely and accurately discover a malignancy so that treatment can begin.
This inappropriate or deficient care is often referred to as medical negligence or medical malpractice. Whenever negligence/malpractice results in a delayed diagnosis, a patient's chances of recovery are affected.
A patient whose diagnosis of cancer is delayed by medical negligence or medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for that patient's injuries and damages.
A medical expert would have to review the records and facts of any case where a delayed diagnosis is suspected to determine if the medical care fell below the standard of care in that community or a similar community. The expert would also have to determine whether the patient would have had a greater chance of recovery if not for the negligence or malpractice.
If the expert determines within a reasonable degree of medical certainty that medical negligence or malpractice resulted in a delayed diagnosis which in turn lessened the patient's chance of survival, it may be appropriate to pursue an action in court.