Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Every year more than 150,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and more than 30,000 women die from the disease. Our Chicago Breast Cancer Lawyers have many years of experience helping victims who have had their cancer misdiagnosed or diagnosed late.
The majority of breast cancers in the US are diagnosed as a result of an abnormal screening mammography, although a number are also first brought to attention by a patient self-exam. Early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer saves lives. As the Komen foundation reported, “Early detection saves lives. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer when caught early is 98 percent. When it’s not? It decreases to 23 percent.”
If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical professional in Chicago or the Suburbs you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. I have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!!
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Because most breast cancers will show up on a mammogram before they are large enough to be felt during an exam, most malpractice cases occur when a radiologist fails to identify a suspicious mass or nodule. The typical case arises when a woman learns that she has breast cancer, which has spread beyond the breast. The initial shock gives way to bewilderment that this could have happened despite annual screening mammograms. Shock gives way to questioning, the mammograms are obtained, and it is learned that one or two years before the diagnosis, a mammogram(s) showed a suspicious nodular density that should have been assessed by ultrasound and fine needle biopsy.
Dense breasts have long been known to decrease the ability of mammograms to capture malignant masses and we now know that density also increases the risk of breast cancer and is associated with more aggressive tumor characteristics. Dense breast tissue looks white on films, as do potentially malignant nodular densities, so cancer may be missed. Another issue-younger woman are more likely to have dense breasts, putting them at higher risk for missed cancers.
How can you protect yourself from a failure to diagnose breast cancer?
If you have dense breasts ask your doctor whether you should have a digital mammogram, and whether you should add ultrasound to your screening. Try to go to a busy center where the radiologists concentrate on breast screening-the more mammograms a radiologist reads, the better able she likely will be in detecting cancers.
If you believe that you are the victim of breast cancer misdiagnosis, call me.
I have years’ worth of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical evidence. They work closely with medical experts, such as doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and therapists throughout the legal process. If necessary, I can also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many medical malpractice cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. I do this in order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, I use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for our injury victims. It is through this coordinated effort that I have consistently obtained record-breaking awards and settlements and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for my injured clients.
If you or a family member have suffered a personal injury as a result of medical malpractice, negligence or carelessness of a Chicago doctor or other Chicago health care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctors failure to properly diagnose breast cancer, please contact me at (312) 888-8000 to learn more about your legal rights.