Failure To Diagnose Oral Cancer
Oral cancers often go undiagnosed until they have reached late stages of development. There are several reasons for this, one of which includes dental malpractice. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer of the mouth or throat, contact the experienced lawyers at Hertz Schram for a free consultation and case review.
As a law firm, we bring more than three decades of professionalism and top-notch legal expertise to every dental malpractice case we handle. This means that we are big enough to properly staff your case and do more than just hold our own against even the most formidable and well-financed opponents. It also means that we offer a commitment to personal attention that is increasingly hard to find in massive, impersonal law firms.
Should you choose to hire our firm to handle your dental malpractice claim, and we can accept your case, you will find that we are ready to listen. We want to learn about how your case has had an impact on your life. By doing this, we can be certain that the direction we take with your legal strategy is the right one for you.
An Early Diagnosis Is Critical
Five-year survival rates for cancers of the mouth and throat are typically about 55 percent, which is much worse than the rates for many other cancers. Many of those who do survive a late diagnosis of oral cancer, however, will often have to endure much lengthier, more expensive and more physically damaging treatments as a result.
A dentist's training, experience and basic job duties put him or her in the best position to make an early diagnosis of oral cancer. Generally speaking, the only way to know for sure if a suspicious lump, lesion or discolored area inside the mouth is dangerous is to do a biopsy of the area. Biopsies are typically not painful; they are also inexpensive and take very little time. In other words, there is absolutely no good reason for a dentist not to do a biopsy (or refer you to a biopsy specialist) in those instances.
Lastly, dentists may also be professionally negligent when they ignore patients' complaints, symptoms or medical histories, particularly those of alcohol and tobacco users (current or former) and patients with HPV (human papillomavirus).
Whether you live in Detroit, Ann Arbor or Flint, medical negligence attorneys at Hertz Schram have the experience, knowledge and resources it takes to succeed with dental malpractice claims. Contact us online or call 248-494-4486 for a free consultation to learn more about your options.