The fastest way to verify if you should pursue legal action is to tell your story to a medical malpractice attorney. Because the attorney had been involved in numerous medical malpractice situations, they can give you clear insight.
The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more promising the outlook for the patient. When your doctor or other healthcare provider fails in his or her duty to you as a patient—delaying the diagnosis of cancer—it can have disastrous results.
If you or a loved one was the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis, you deserve competent legal representation. Our firm is skilled in medical malpractice claims, and we are ready to hear your story. If we determine that your delayed cancer diagnosis was, in fact, medical malpractice, we will do all that we can to see that you and your family are fairly compensated.
You Cannot Get Treatment if You Do Not Know
Cancer is one of the most health issues people suffer from—with around half of all men and a third of all women developing cancer. The sooner you start treatment, the more effective treatment tends to be. But you cannot start treatment if you do not know you have cancer.
A delayed cancer diagnosis is intensely frustrating for victims and their families because it costs them valuable time and often increases the odds of a negative outcome.
Factors Leading to a Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
There are a number of ways that a delayed cancer diagnosis can result from malpractice. These include:
- Reading x-rays incorrectly
- Ordering the wrong tests
- Reading test results incorrectly
- Failing to perform a test
- Not referring a patient to a specialist
- Not recognizing a tumor
- Issues with diagnostic tools
- Lab results switched between patients
- Losing lab results
- Not performing a procedure correctly
- Ignoring patient requests to test for cancer
There are testing methods for many of the most common cancers, tests that can usually diagnose cancer reliably. But as a patient, you can only benefit from such tests if your medical care provider performs his or her duties correctly. Each of the factors listed above may be considered negligence on the part of the healthcare provider, which would mean that it may be possible to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What to Do if You or a Loved One Has Been Affected by a Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
Discovering your cancer diagnosis was delayed can come as a shock. After you have some time to process what you have just learned, you may be wondering exactly what you should do next.
Benefits of Hiring a Medical Malpractice Attorney
The time following a cancer diagnosis is always trying for individuals and their loved ones. Hiring a skilled medical malpractice attorney can offer a number of benefits when you find yourself in such a situation. These include:
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