Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
For many, medical diagnosis is the first step toward healing. We put a lot of trust in doctors to provide an accurate diagnosis. The woman in this story had a misdiagnosis and it led to further health problems.
Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis
Sarah Boyle first noticed trouble when her six-month-old had problems breastfeeding. She went to the hospital for testing. Her biopsy and scan came back. The doctor told her she had triple-negative breast cancer.
What Is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?
Triple-negative refers to the growth and treatment of this cancer. This cancer is not fueled by estrogen, progesterone, or the HER2 protein. Triple-negative breast cancer does not respond to hormonal therapy.
Breast Cancer Treatment
After her diagnosis, Mrs. Boyle went straight to chemotherapy. She underwent a double mastectomy. Later, she had reconstructive surgery. At 25, doctors told her the aggressive cancer treatments could make her infertile.
Half a year later, Sarah’s doctor told her she did not actually have cancer. Hospital staff incorrectly entered the biopsy results. There were no checks and balances to verify the results before treating Mrs. Boyle.
Additional Health Complications
Sarah Boyle does not have cancer. But now, she has increased health risks because of unnecessary cancer treatment. The chemotherapy she endured puts her at future risk of cancer. Additionally, her reconstruction implants are the type that causes cancer.
Human error caused the misdiagnosis in this story. People make mistakes. But, this mistake cost a woman and her family many hardships. She went through emotional, physical, and financial hardships. Who pays for that?
Compensation For Medical Misdiagnosis
There is compensation available for people affected by medical mistakes. The misdiagnosis in Sarah’s case was extreme. She endured harsh treatments. Her life is forever altered because of these unnecessary treatments. She deserves compensation for her terrible experience.
Furthermore, the hospital procedure is unsafe. Noone was checking biopsy results were accurate when entered into the system. When hospitals make mistakes, they must fix broken procedures. Without punishment, there is no motivation to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
When To Call A Malpractice Lawyer
After a misdiagnosis, talk to a lawyer about your options. First, you want to protect yourself under the statute of limitations. A malpractice lawyer will guide you to the best outcome for your situation.
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