Today, a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Earlier detection, second opinions, and varied treatment methods are helping thousands of Americans beat the disease. Sadly, medical professionals may fail to detect the early signs of cancer causing unnecessary pain, suffering and even death to a patient.
If you or someone you love has suffered harm as a result of a cancer misdiagnosis, you have the right to take legal action against the doctor or hospital for their mistakes. Allow the qualified and caring medical malpractice attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn evaluate your case and plan the best course of action. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation.
Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis
In essence, a cancer misdiagnosis refers to cases in which the disease was:
- Undiagnosed or missed diagnosed (undetected)
- Incorrectly diagnosed (another type of disease was diagnosed)
- Wrongly diagnosed (patient is actually cancer-free)
In all cases of cancer misdiagnosis, patients may suffer serious physical, emotional, and financial harm. Most patients, when told they have cancer, will accept the pain and cost of treatment if it means they have a chance to survive. However, a misdiagnosis—whether the patient doesn’t have cancer or their cancer is incorrectly identified—may result in unnecessary suffering, long-term health issues, loss of quality of life, and financial burdens.
Alternately, if cancer is not detected early on, potentially life-saving time is lost. Today, early detection is fundamental in battling the disease. The longer a malignant cancer has to grow, the less likely the chances of survival. Patients whose cancer misdiagnosis involved a missed diagnosis are more likely to suffer the deadly effects of the disease as well as face the severity of aggressive chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
Cancer Misdiagnosis and Your Legal Rights
Medical professionals are responsible for taking the proper steps to detect and diagnose cancer. In instances where they fail to do this, a doctor, nurse, hospital or other healthcare provider may be held accountable for any injury or death that occurs as a result of a cancer misdiagnosis.
If you or someone you love has suffered the devastating effects of a cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Because of the complexity of such cases, it is important to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can help protect your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.