Connecticut has the highest reported breast cancer rate in the United States. In 2002 through 2006, the annual invasive breast cancer diagnosis rate in our state was 135 cases per 100,000 women in our state, significantly above the national average of 122 cases per 100,000. Fortunately for most patients, however, the five-year breast cancer survival rate approaches 100 percent when the malignancy is found early and treated correctly.
Mortality rates increase when the cancer remains undetected or when a suspicious lump or mass is too quickly dismissed as benign by a primary care physician or radiologist. If you believe that errors in diagnosis caused you or a family member to miss the chance for effective cancer treatment or less severe therapies than mastectomy or chemotherapy, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of Wocl Leydon, LLC in Stamford or Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Our lawyers understand the complexity of the medical judgments that inform the diagnosis of breast cancer of women of any age, and we recognize that not every case of delayed diagnosis involves negligence on the part of a medical professional. Our ability to investigate the diagnostic processes, interpretations and omissions with highly qualified experts can help you understand just went wrong in your breast cancer case. Moreover, our ability to present our findings in court can protect your interest in full compensation for your losses.
How Do Doctors Miss Breast Cancer?
Medical negligence related to the failure to diagnose breast cancer timely can reflect a number of circumstances after the discovery of a lump during a clinical breast examination. The negligent professional could turn out to be a family doctor or other primary care physician, a radiologist or a pathologist. Some of the more common errors leading to a delay in diagnosis include:
- Failure to take a proper medical history
- Failure to identify and account for risk factors such as family history of breast cancer, nulliparity, high density of breast tissue, or previous biopsy findings
- Failure to order diagnostic mammography or other tests after inconclusive results of a standard mammogram
- Misinterpretation of mammogram results
- Failure to order a biopsy when necessary
- Errors in identifying the stage of the cancer under established protocols
- Failure to refer the patient to an oncologist under proper circumstances
It is by no means easy to identify what went wrong in a breast cancer diagnosis that failed to find a malignancy prior to metastasis. Our role as medical malpractice lawyers is not to second-guess the proper exercise of professional judgment when a patient presents with a breast lump, or complains of symptoms consistent with breast cancer but without any signs of a tumor or other suspicious mass.
Instead, our job is to review the complete medical record with experienced family practitioners, gynecologists, internists and radiologists to see whether the treating doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer can be blamed on a departure from a recognized standard of care. Medical malpractice litigation can only secure compensation for unfortunate medical outcomes when a reviewing medical expert can point to specific mistakes as the cause of the patient’s injuries or death.
As an AV Preeminent* law firm with a statewide medical negligence practice, Wocl Leydon, has the experience and resources necessary to advise clients about the likelihood that a doctor’s mistake might have led to loss of the chance for a better medical result. Our lawyers also have the negotiation and trial skills to protect your right to full compensation whenever we can trace a chain of causation from a doctor’s mistake of diagnosis to your losses.
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For additional information about our approach to the development and presentation of damages claims related to the negligent failure to diagnose breast cancer, contact our attorneys in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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