Medical Malpractice In Failure To Diagnose Cancer
Medical advancements over the past two decades or more have changed how cancer is treated. It has also improved survival rates of some types of cancer. A key factor to successfully treat breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer is early diagnosis and immediate treatment.
Determining Negligence In Diagnosis
Cancers may develop from environmental factors such as smoking or carcinogenic foods. Some people have a genetic predisposition to certain cancers. But many times, the cause of cancers is unknown, and there is family history or known risk factors.
Most often, a malpractice or negligence claim involving cancer refers to a delay in making the correct diagnosis. Once cancer is diagnosed, it is usually treated properly. Whether or a cancer patient recovers primarily depends upon the type of cancer and stage of cancer at diagnosis.
Holding Doctors Accountable
Establishing a claim for medical malpractice requires evidence that the client was deprived of a chance for a better outcome had the cancer been diagnosed at an earlier stage. The evidence may center on errors of primary care doctors, oncologists or radiologists relating to office visits, reported symptoms and diagnostic tests. It may center on delayed treatment or inappropriate treatments that were not consistent with standard protocols for that type and stage of cancer.
We also handle cases in which clients were harmed by cancer misdiagnosis, such as a false positive leading to unnecessary surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.