Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Lawyer in Ohio

Doctors who fail to properly diagnose breast cancer can be held financially liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur as a result. Typically, doctors are expected to follow certain standard treatment protocols when evaluating symptoms, conducting mammograms, or excluding other causes of breast discomfort. Failure to request additional tests or properly read CAT scans and mammograms may also involve negligence on a physician's part. At The Donahey Law Firm, we work with medical experts, radiologists, and other professionals in exposing departures from standard treatment protocols and general acts of negligence in cases involving breast cancer misdiagnoses.

If your doctor failed to diagnose your breast cancer in a timely fashion or misdiagnosed you with having breast cancer, contact the Columbus, Ohio breast cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at the Donahey Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Negligence/Malpractice in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Before a breast cancer medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought against your doctor, a preliminary finding of negligence on his or her part must first be established through an expert report detailing lapses or failings on a doctor's part. Once a preliminary finding of negligence is established, our misdiagnosis attorneys will prepare your case/lawsuit for trial. In general, the following must be proven in order to establish negligence on the part of your doctor:

  • Your doctor did not diagnose your cancer in a timely fashion
  • The late diagnosis of your cancer was due to the negligence of your doctor
  • As a result, you suffered various injuries or health complications
  • The injuries you suffered were caused by your doctor's negligence

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Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer - What Constitutes Negligence?

In some cases, breast cancer is misdiagnosed because a doctor failed to conduct certain tests in light of a patient's medical history. For example, a woman is more likely to get breast cancer if she has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. If a patient has a history of breast cancer in her family, failure to test a woman for either gene mutation may constitute negligence. Additionally, further testing may be recommended if a close relative sufferers from Cowden syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome. In each of these instances, risk factors may be present which demand additional investigation and testing.

Other Risk Factors that Should Raise Red Flags regarding Breast Cancer

Even if a patient doesn't have a genetic pre-disposition towards breast cancer, certain environmental factors and endocrinal disorders could place her at risk. For instance, if you've taken oral contraceptives for a long period of time or were exposed to toxic or radioactive materials at a young age, you could be at an increased risk for breast cancer. Failure on the part of a doctor to ask certain questions and investigate further can contribute to a late diagnosis of breast cancer.

Contact Our Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Today

If you doctor failed to catch your breast cancer, contact the Ohio breast cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at the Donahey Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.