When medical negligence leads to cancer misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis, mistreatment, or the like, a patient can suffer significant damage as a result. Because the early detection of cancer is crucial to its successful treatment, cancer misdiagnosis can be extremely detrimental to patient health. Cancer misdiagnosis is often a preventable medical mistake when proper care and attention is given to a patient by a medical professional.
Cancer misdiagnosis is caused by medical negligence when a medical specialist fails to follow the acceptable standards of care required of his/her professional capacity. Cancer misdiagnosis related to medical negligence can occur when a medical professional fails to do any of the following: pay attention or respond to a patient's complaints or symptoms, order the proper tests that would lead to correct diagnosis, refer a patient to a specialist in a timely manner, or treat a patient in the appropriate manner given their medical condition.
Cancer diagnosis can cause injury to patients under any circumstances. Many types of cancer are preventable or highly treatable when detected early. When cancer misdiagnosis occurs in these cases, the patient may actually develop a life threatening condition that was otherwise avoidable. Cancers that tend to be preventable when detected early include: breast, lung, prostate, colon, cervical, ovarian, testicular, and renal/kidney cancer. When a patient shows early symptoms of these cancers and a doctor fails to diagnose their condition, they may be held responsible for resulting damages.
According to statistics, breast cancer is one of the most common in cancer misdiagnosis cases. There is a fifteen to forty percent margin of error for all medical imaging tests, increasing the chances of cancer misdiagnosis when a doctor fails to take a comprehensive approach to a patient's condition. When a patient's condition indicates that cancer may be the culprit, a medical professional has the responsibility to take every measure to confirm or rule out cancer. When cancer misdiagnosis occurs, the results can be extremely injurious and often deadly. Nearly two thousand people die of cancer every day in the United States.
Conversely, when a patient is falsely diagnosed with cancer, they may be subjected to rigorous cancer treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, in vain. The pain and suffering that accompany these unnecessary treatments may be directly attributed to cancer misdiagnosis. In these cases of medical negligence, the medical person responsible can be held liable for the damages caused by the cancer misdiagnosis.
In any case where cancer misdiagnosis is caused by medical negligence, the injured party has the legal right to seek relief for their suffering. For the untrained or unsuspecting eye, it may be difficult to identify cases of cancer misdiagnosis. Legal experts are trained and experienced at identifying cases of cancer misdiagnosis relating to medical negligence. If you suspect that cancer misdiagnosis has caused injury to you or a loved one, please contact us to speak with a reputable attorney in your area who can determine your legal rights and options in a case to recover what you have lost.
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