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Cancer Medical Malpractice

There is a whole branch of law which is considered by many as adversarial, expensive, and inefficient – malpractice litigation. Part of this is because to make a case you have to prove the professional was negligent in their performance. This often pits one or more professionals against each other in court. For example a doctor states they would not have performed the same procedure or prescribed the same medicine as the offending doctor. This is where a lot of controversy is involved. These opinions are highly subjective. The whole area of law is controversial because the awards are often very high and are claimed as a leading factor in the overall high cost of medical care.

What is Cancer Medical Malpractice?

Cancer is a general term used by the medical profession when referring to abnormal cell growth. There are two general categories: malignant and benign. Malignant refers to cancer cells which grow uncontrollably, invade adjacent tissue cells, and spreads to other areas of the body. Benign cancer does not. The exact cause is not really known though medical professionals classify cancer as either environmentally caused or genetically caused. Environmental is the most common. This includes such factors as smoking, radiation exposure, obesity, and general environmental pollutants. Genetic cancer causes less than 3-10% of all cancers. It is due to some genetic abnormality that is passed from one generation to the other.

Cancer can be treated successfully in many cases if diagnosed soon enough. For example a woman may be diagnosed with breast cancer by noticing a lump. If diagnosed early enough, the lump can be removed along with drug intervention to control any further development. However if not diagnosed early, the lump may impact the entire breast requiring its complete removal. Further complications can occur if the cancer has entered the other parts of the lymph system and thereby spread to other areas of the body.

Cancer medical malpractice focuses mainly on proving the doctor failed to properly diagnose the cancer early enough, for example performing routine breast examinations and mammography for women. Or the doctor having x-rays or MRI done for a heavy smoker to check for lung cancer. There are recognised symptoms of various cancers which if present should prompt the doctor to test for cancer. Failure to do so is the basis for filing a cancer medical malpractice case.

Where Can I Find Cancer Medical Malpractice Companies?

If a family member or loved one is the victim of cancer medical malpractice, you can consult with a solicitor who handles cancer medical malpractice. These include such firms as:

  • Williams & Co. Solicitors
  • Bowman Gilfillan
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Estimated Costs of Cancer Medical Malpractice Companies

Solicitors do not generally advertise their fees, in part because the fee is based on the solicitor's time. And with any medical malpractice case, time is a big part of it. There could also be expenses related to hiring expert witnesses. However many firms will offer a free consultation to hear your situation and determine whether it is worth pursuing. If it is there are many different options which you and your solicitor can discuss. A common payment is a percentage of the settlement. There are also no win, no fee agreements.

If there has been an injury resulting from cancer medical malpractice, then you should consult a local solicitor to determine your rights. They may or may not be qualified or able to handle your specific case. If not they should refer you to a qualified cancer medical malpractice legal firm. Throughout the process you should monitor the progress to ensure your rights are being treated fairly and properly.