Ross Feller Casey, a Philadelphia personal injury law firm with a national reputation for winning record results, has established itself as the preeminent legal authority in cases involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat cancers, including breast cancer.
In fact, over the past five years alone, Ross Feller Casey, on behalf of its individual clients, has recovered more than $1 billion – a figure that includes numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in breast cancer-related lawsuits.
The most recent breast cancer verdict was also a record-setter.
Founding partner Matt Casey won what is reported to be the largest known verdict in the history of Chester County, Pa. — $19.16 million in a case involving the failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer in a young woman.
In July 2022, Casey convinced the jury at trial that medical personnel failed to send the woman, then 22, for a proper diagnostic workup after she presented to the office not once but twice in as many weeks with complaints of a palpable mass in her right breast. Had that been done, her cancer would have been diagnosed at an earlier point, before it invaded her lymph nodes, and she would have had a much better chance of being cured. Instead, due to a 9-month delay caused by medical negligence, her life expectancy has been greatly diminished.
When it comes to cancer, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose promptly is more than a medical mistake. For some, it can mean serious, even fatal consequences. When breast cancer is not detected in time, it can progress and spread to other parts of the body. Then, when it is discovered later, the condition may have already become too serious to treat. Patients who have had their breast cancer misdiagnosed or whose physicians failed to catch warning signs early may wish to file a breast cancer lawsuit.
Ross Feller Casey is a law firm with a team of nationally recognized doctors right on staff. Based in Philadelphia, the breast cancer malpractice attorneys at Ross Feller Casey have won many multi-million dollar lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer.
Catching breast cancer in the early stages comes down to proper medical examination and testing.
Screening Tests: While some patients are diagnosed after presenting symptoms, most will not show evidence of cancer in the early stages. This is why screening tests are vital. Physicians conduct routine physical exams to check for lumps, abnormalities, and/or changes to the breasts. If your doctor did not perform these standard screenings, and you later found out you had breast cancer, it could be a case of medical negligence.
Imaging Tests: When anything abnormal evidences itself in the routine physical breast exam, a physician’s next step is to order further testing. Imaging tests such as mammograms, ultrasounds, or MRIs can provide greater knowledge of any cysts, tumors, or other potentially cancerous issues occurring in a woman’s breasts. If your doctor noted some abnormalities in your physical exam but did not order further testing, you may wish to speak with an attorney about your options.
Biopsy: When imaging tests reveal potential cancer, the next step is a biopsy. A sample of the area in question is sent to a lab to be examined more closely. This is the only test that definitively shows whether or not breast cancer is present.
Ross Feller Casey also is actively pursuing lawsuits across the U.S. involving a type of cancer known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. Breast implants have been shown to increase significantly the risk of developing this rare type of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
If you need to file a breast cancer malpractice claim for yourself or someone you love, the attorneys at Ross Feller Casey can help.
Contact Ross Feller Casey to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you only pay if there is a financial recovery awarded.