The Importance Of A Prompt Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer
There are few, if any, responsibilities that doctors and nurses must take more seriously than their duty to properly investigate warning signs of cancer. Given the serious health implications of cancer, medical professionals must act diligently to prevent the possibility of a delayed diagnosis.
Women who develop breast cancer can benefit significantly from early detection. A failure to timely diagnose breast cancer can have serious health implications. Unfortunately, delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is all too common. Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims.
If you believe that the error of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional has caused a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer for you or a loved one, it is critical that you take prompt action. Most states, including North Carolina, have statutes of limitations that bar recovery for medical malpractice claims that are not filed within a short period of time. Contact the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A. today to schedule a free consultation and case review with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
Experienced At Proving Medical Malpractice Claims
Before a plaintiff can bring a medical malpractice claim in North Carolina, he or she must have a signed affidavit from a medical professional who indicates a willingness to testify at trial that the defendant has breached his or her duty of care.
Not every medical mistake constitutes a breach of care (negligence), but there are many errors that contribute to a delayed breast cancer diagnosis that may potentially constitute medical negligence, including:
- Failure to perform a mammogram
- Failure to order an ultrasound
- Misread mammogram or ultrasound
- Failure to order a biopsy
- Misread biopsy slide
- Failure to properly perform a biopsy
- Failure to follow up with a patient
Unfortunately, medical errors are far too common. When a doctor notices an obvious lump in a woman’s breast, he or she should order an ultrasound, because a mammogram may fail to detect cancer. Doctors should carefully question their patients to determine if they have a history of breast cancer in their family and doctors should seek additional information that may provide critical warning signs that warrant heightened scrutiny.
In some cases, simple medical errors cause a misdiagnosis. A medical professional fails to properly read the results from a mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy. In other cases, doctors may see warning signs and simply fail to respond.
Experience Assisting Those Suffering Due To A Missed Diagnosis
At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A. in Fayetteville; we have been helping clients who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice for more than 40 years. We have a strong record of results in medical malpractice claims because we take meritorious cases and work diligently to prove the facts necessary to establish the defendant’s negligence.
Since we have been handling medical malpractice claims for more than three decades, we have access to medical experts who can be critical in such cases. We prepare meticulously for the possibility of trial and make certain the insurance companies know that we are fully prepared and willing to take them to trial if they are not prepared to fairly compensate our clients for the injuries they have suffered.
Speak To Our Experienced Attorneys Today
To contact a North Carolina breast cancer delayed diagnosis attorney at the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., call 910-779-3135 or contact us by email. We are pleased to offer a free consultation. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you.