With early detection and more advanced treatment for breast cancer, many people who are diagnosed with this cancer have high hopes for a good prognosis and recovery. However, if a woman with breast cancer is misdiagnosed or a delay in diagnosis occurs, she is likely to experience a number of difficulties that could potentially have been avoided.
Sadly, breast cancer misdiagnosis occurs with greater regularity than it should; however, in many circumstances, misdiagnosis can be considered a form of medical malpractice, as doctors who misdiagnose this condition do so because they failed to perform standard tests and follow reasonable protocols. As such, a misdiagnosed patient may have legal opportunities to take action against the doctors responsible for the misdiagnosis.
Dangers of Misdiagnosed Breast Cancer
Breast cancer can be extremely serious and dangerous for patients, and a misdiagnosis of this condition can increase these dangers. The dangers of a misdiagnosed breast cancer condition might include the following:
- Spread of cancer cells
- Development of tumors
- Damage to internal organs
- Decreased physical strength / weakness
- Emergency surgery
Facing breast cancer at any point can be terrifying; however, finding out your condition was misdiagnosed or diagnosed far later than it should have been can be even more frightening, especially when considering the repercussions.
We have to be able to depend on the accurate and timely diagnoses of doctors, especially in the case of breast cancer. Thus, our legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, believe that negligent doctors who cause breast cancer patients greater suffering through a delayed diagnosis should be held accountable. If you or someone you care about has suffered from a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, call (617) 426-4488 to learn more about your legal options for pursuing justice and compensation.