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Breast cancer misdiagnoses often lead to malpractice lawsuits

Unfortunately, there are many types of medical malpractice that may occur during the diagnosis or treatment of a medical disease or condition. When malpractice does occur, resulting in further injuries or illnesses or negative impacts to the patient, it may be necessary to hold the medical professional who is involved accountable with a medical malpractice lawsuit. This can result in compensation for the victim's medical expenses as well as the medical professional's own recognition of the mistake in order to prevent it from happening to someone else.

In some cases, physicians, nurses or hospitals are to blame for medical errors. Another type of medical professional that can make mistakes that amount to medical malpractice is a radiologist. Radiologists are often held accountable for medical errors in diagnoses. In fact, a recent study found that one of the most common reasons radiologists are sued for medical malpractice is the misdiagnosis of breast cancer.

According to a report published this month in the journal Radiology, the misdiagnosis of breast cancer as well as non-vertebral and spinal fractures were the leading cause of medical malpractice lawsuits against radiologists.

The report states that 31 percent of radiologists have had medical malpractice claims made against them during their careers, with diagnostic mistakes being the most common trigger. Procedural complications, poor communication with patients and referrers, and the failure to recommend additional testing also led to medical malpractice lawsuits.

Those who suffer due to a misdiagnosis or another form of medical malpractice may be wise to seek legal guidance. In many cases, it may be possible to obtain compensation for the resulting medical expenses and damages.

Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor, "Breast cancer diagnostic errors major cause of malpractice suits," Feb. 4, 2013

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