A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found in favor of Dr. Olukemi Wallace in a medical practice lawsuit brought against the oncologist. Plaintiff Briana Owens alleged that the oncologist’s 2013 misdiagnosis left her mistakenly believing for two years that she had stage-4 breast cancer. Owens saw Dr. Wallace when suffering from inflamed breast tissue and other problems. She testified that Dr. Wallace arranged for her to have a device placed in her chest so she could receive chemotherapy. When Owens changed doctors in 2015, she learned that she did not have cancer. In reality, she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Cancer misdiagnosis may involve failure to diagnose, wrong diagnosis, or misclassified cancer. In Misdiagnosis of — or failure to diagnose — cancer is a common type of medical malpractice claim, but proving negligence on the doctors’ part is difficult, attorney and legal author Coulter Boeschen writes:
Another type of cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor incorrectly determines a patient has cancer when he or she actually does not. If the misdiagnosis was a breach of the professional standard of care, the doctor will be liable for any damages caused by unnecessary surgeries or other treatment. The doctor might also be found liable for the fear and anguish the patient suffers while under the false impression that he or she has a potentially fatal disease (Nolo.com).
Oncology is a branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of tumors. Commonly referred to as cancer, tumors are one of the most common causes of death in the U.S. In litigation, oncology experts evaluate both standards of care and issues of causation. If you are involved in medical malpractice litigation, Elite Medical Experts can provide a leading university healthcare professional who provides expert analysis and testimony specific to the fact pattern in your case.