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Hospital ordered to pay $5.2M after failure to diagnose cancer

People need to be able to trust their doctors and other medical professionals. This is why doctors and other medical professionals are required to go through plenty of schooling as well as pass exams in order to be able to practice in New Jersey and elsewhere. However, there are times when medical professionals make mistakes which prove to be incredibly detrimental to patients. This seems to have been what happened in a recent case involving a failure to diagnose cancer.

A federal court recently awarded a couple over $5.2 million following a district court's finding that a U.S. Army hospital failed to diagnose cancer in the wife's breasts. Almost two years had elapsed before the cancer was finally discovered. By that time the cancer had already reached Stage 3 and was classified as "triple negative." This meant the breast cancer was the most aggressive form of cancer.

This required the woman to undergo chemotherapy as well as a double mastectomy. She was also required to have 21 lymph nodes removed as a result of the medical negligence of the hospital. This is unfortunate because when the hospital had failed to diagnose the cancer it was only at Stage 1. The woman's cancer is believed to be highly malignant with a 60 percent chance of it returning which would more than likely be fatal.

This case illustrates how important it is for medical professionals in New Jersey and other states to be extra careful when inspecting for potential cancer. However, if one is a victim of a failure to diagnose cancer, he or she may be able to obtain some monetary reimbursement by filing a medial malpractice lawsuit. This can help with the costs of fighting cancer as well as any other expenses resulting from negligence.

Source: The Tennessean, "Clarksville couple awarded $5.2M after diagnosis errors", , April 24, 2014

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