When you are a victim of breast cancer medical malpractice, be it delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, you need to find a good breast cancer malpractice attorney. While there are many attorneys that specialize in medical malpractice, we recommend that you find one with specific breast cancer experience.
Doctors take an oath before they go into the practice of medicine and as a patient you hope that they have your best interest at heart. Yet despite growing awareness and advancing technology, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of breast cancer continues to be the most common cause of malpractice litigation in this country.
As a result, there are a lot of medical malpractice attorneys to sort through in your search for the best.
First of all, you must have an attorney that focuses their practice solely on medical malpractice. Some attorneys even specialize in breast cancer malpractice specifically.
While it’s acceptable for a law firm to have multiple practice areas, your attorney should exclusively practice medical malpractice litigation in your specific jurisdiction. If you live in a large enough area and can find an attorney with an exclusive focus on breast cancer malpractice litigation, even better.
This first requirement will often simultaneously exclude attorneys that don’t have relevant experience. You obviously don’t want the newbie straight out of law school.
However, equal importance should be given when considering if your attorney has a qualified staff, is overwhelmed with too many cases, or is preoccupied by other things – say running their own law firm. Thankfully you don’t have to rely on your attorney to honestly tell you how heavy a case load they have and what level attention they will be able to provide.
A medical malpractice attorney’s previous client reviews will tell you what you need to know.
Multiple recent positive reviews are a must. What breast cancer patient who was misdiagnosed isn’t giving her successful medical malpractice attorney glowing reviews? Read the positive reviews, but don’t get too distracted with warm and fuzzies – make sure they are genuine and relevant.
And then remember that negative reviews are even more important. Of course, to find those you’ll have to turn from the attorney’s website to one of the many attorney review sites, such as avvo.com. Take heed if you read several negative specifics about the attorney or their staff.
Eliminate any attorney that promises you the moon without first establishing grounds for breast cancer medical malpractice.
The first thing the attorney should do is ask you questions in order to determine if your doctor indeed committed medical practice. Did your doctor fail to identify an obvious lump during breast examination, mistake your symptoms as an infection, wrongly diagnose a lump as benign, fail to order a mammogram and/or ultrasound, fail to order a biopsy, and/or fail to follow up with you?
If so, your case warrants further investigation and your attorney should order your medical records. Upon receipt, your attorney will review your records and consult with a physician who specializes in breast cancer in an effort to determine whether medical malpractice occurred.
Ask yourself if it’s the right fit.
Meet with several different malpractice attorneys that meet the above criteria and then make sure you feel comfortable. Breast cancer is stressful enough; the pursuit of litigation adds an additional layer of angst. The attorney should impress you with not only their legal acumen but their genuine concern for you as an individual.
The Following Attorneys Specialize in Breast Cancer Malpractice Cases (Failure to Diagnose)
- In Seattle, the firm Morrow / Kidman / Tinker represent malpractice victims and have a page devoted to the topic on their website. We like that. You can visit the firm here: http://www.seattlemalpracticelawyers.com/
- In Charleston, VA we recommend The Bell Law Firm. Harry Bell was named as one of West Virginia’s “Super Lawyers” for 2009 and 2010. The firm has attained large settlements on behalf of their medical malpractice clients. You can find them here: http://www.belllaw.com
- In Atlanta, GA, Hilley & Frieder also devote resources to helping breast cancer victims who have been wronged by a medical professional. If you live in Atlanta, GA, you can find Hilley & Frieder here: http://www.hilleylaw.com/
- A reader of this blog shared a story with us and told us that she received help from Berger & Lagnese in Pittsburgh. We don’t know much about this firm, to be honest, other than the email we received. So we are going to give them a link here: http://www.bergerlagnese.com/video/breast-ultrasound-to-find-cancer-medical-malpractice-lawyer.cfm
But please remember: Research an attorney like you’d research a doctor. Make sure you trust him or her. Follow the advice in the article above and may God bless you on your journey.