Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is among the most common and dangerous types of cancer affecting women. Unfortunately, there are typically no symptoms easily detectable by the patient when tumors are small and most easily treatable. Delayed diagnosis or wrong diagnosis of breast cancer is a frequent basis for medical malpractice claims.
If you have been a victim of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed breast cancer, contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC in Portland, OR to schedule a consultation. We can tell you if you may have a medical malpractice case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.
Why Choose Us?
- Our legal team has more than 50 years of combined experience.
- We have an excellent reputation with recognition from respected organizations, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Inner Circle of Advocates, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
- We maintain a smaller caseload, so we can provide our clients with dedicated representation and personal attention to each case.
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Risks
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death in women. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer risk factors include:
- Aging: Most breast cancers are found in women age 50 and older.
- Genetics: Women with inherited mutations to certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
- Early menstruation: As women who begin menstruating before the age of 12 are exposed to hormones for a longer time, this slightly raises the risk of developing breast cancer.
- Oral contraceptives: Certain types of birth control pills have been shown to increase breast cancer risks.
- No pregnancy or late pregnancy: Never having a full-term pregnancy or having a first pregnancy after the age of 30 can increase breast cancer risks.
- Entering menopause after age 55: Like early menstruation, late menopause exposes a woman to hormones for a longer period, increasing the risk of breast cancer.
- Physical inactivity: Not being physically active can increase breast cancer risks.
- Obesity after menopause: Women who are overweight or obese after menopause have a greater chance of developing breast cancer.
- Family history of breast cancer: Risk may be slightly higher for women with first-degree relatives (mother, sister, or daughter) or multiple family members on either side with breast cancer.
Who Is Liable?
A doctor who failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed breast cancer may be found liable for your injuries if he or she incorrectly evaluated your symptoms or failed to order necessary tests. Mammograms can detect early-stage breast cancer in many cases. Our attorneys work closely with specialists to determine whether a failure to diagnose breast cancer soon enough represented negligence to support a claim for damages. In some cases, a pathology lab may be liable for a missed or misdiagnosis of cancer.
Why You Need an Attorney
Medical malpractice claims for failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of breast cancer involve complex legal and medical issues. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers have the knowledge and legal skills necessary to investigate and prove liability and damages. We work with qualified medical experts to prove negligence and to show that delayed diagnosis played a causal role in serious injury to the patient.
Contact Us Today
Our Portland attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC are aggressive negotiators and experienced trial lawyers. Contact us today for a free and private case consultation if you or your loved one has suffered a breast cancer injury through medical negligence.