Family Sues Health Center Over Missed Breast Cancer DiagnosisDecember 20th, 2017
When it comes to life-threatening, chronic, or progressive diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, early detection can result in a more positive prognosis. By diagnosing these kinds of disease early, patients may get the opportunity to fight them entirely, better manage their symptoms and side effects, or pause and potentially reverse their progression.
Breast cancer is just one example of a disease for which early detection is essential. As a result, the American Cancer Society recommends women between the ages of 45 and 54 undergo annual mammograms. Once women turn 55, their doctor may either advise them to continue with yearly screenings or reduce their mammogram frequency to once every two years.
Sadly, even women who follow these recommendations and never miss a mammogram can find themselves with advanced breast cancer because of a missed diagnosis. In a recent case of this precise scenario, a woman allegedly failed to receive adequate care from a government health center and subsequently died.
The woman’s family is claiming she received substandard care from a doctor and nurse practitioner at a health center in New Orleans. The plaintiffs assert that the healthcare providers failed to perform proper diagnostic screenings. As a result, the woman died from breast cancer that had allegedly gone undetected until it was too late for intervention to be effective.
The deceased’s family has filed a negligence, medical malpractice, and wrongful death suit against the health center’s staff members whom they believe were responsible for the missed diagnosis. They filed the lawsuit in Louisiana federal court earlier this month.
If your loved one passed away after receiving substandard medical care, contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a compassionate medical malpractice lawyer who can assess your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for the damages your family has incurred. Call (504) 586-5200 to schedule a consultation with a wrongful death attorney in New Orleans.
When Should You Seek a Second Opinion?
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from medical malpractice is by seeking a second–or third–opinion. At the end of the day, doctors are only human, and they make mistakes like everyone else does.
Patients who understand this and actively try to mitigate medical errors by speaking to multiple providers may be less likely to receive substandard care when it matters most. FOX NEWS Health recommends seeking a second opinion when:
- You receive a diagnosis that does not align with your own research;
- You receive a diagnosis that requires fairly invasive or irreversible treatment;
- Your healthcare provider recommends a non-emergency surgery;
- You feel as though your provider has not spent enough time discussing your symptoms or assessing their severity.
Unfortunately, even those who take a proactive approach to finding the best doctor possible or seeking a second opinion can end up the victim of medical malpractice. If your healthcare provider was negligent and you want to sue for damages, contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm.
David A. Bowling has more than 30 years of trial experience. Call (504) 586-5200 to schedule a case evaluation with a medical malpractice lawyer in New Orleans. If you want to learn more about malpractice claims in Louisiana, visit USAttorneys.com.