Missed breast cancer: The legal factors

Michael Weir*

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Abstract

Any reading of the relevant legal authorities confirms the special difficulties involved in the diagnosis of breast cancer. In many cases a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is made at a time when a patient's position has become terminal. It is an easy task for lawyers and expert witnesses to determine in hindsight what should have been done at some point in the past. This article describes how the courts have dealt with this issue and comments on appropriate procedures and approaches to both protect the interests of the patient and confine liability for the medical practitioner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-518
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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