Cancer Misdiagnosis

Cancer Misdiagnosis

What is cancer misdiagnosis?

Cancer misdiagnosis occurs when patients are wrongly diagnosed with a cancer they do not have. These patients will often start intense cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and/or radiation, which may cause unnecessary illness, suffering, and even death.

In other cases of cancer misdiagnosis, a medical professional may not diagnose a patient at all or delay a diagnosis, causing pain and suffering and a decreased chance of survival.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a doctor's cancer misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses. A competent and caring medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case – free of charge – to determine your legal options.

How common is a cancer misdiagnosis?

Unfortunately, cancer misdiagnosis occurs more frequently than we think. It is estimated that breast cancer is the most likely to be misdiagnosed.

Furthermore, there is anywhere between a 15 to 40 percent risk that medical imaging tests for any disease may result in an error. Pap smear test results are falsely negative between five and 40 percent of the time.

Types of negligence

In many cases of cancer misdiagnosis, the incident is caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of a medical professional. Some reported types of negligence by doctors in cancer misdiagnosis cases include:

  • Failing to order proper tests such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans
  • Failing to identify or treat obvious lumps or tumors
  • Failing to adequately evaluate tests results
  • Failing to recognize typical symptoms of the cancer in question
  • Failing to properly follow up on test results or administer subsequent tests
  • Failing to order a biopsy
  • Failing to order proper treatment
  • Failing to follow up on patient's complaints
  • Diagnosing a tumor as benign

Your legal rights

In the event that a medical professional fails to meet the required standards of medical care due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing, they may be held responsible for the damages you have suffered including physical, emotional, and financial harm.

You have the right to pursue a legal claim to seek recovery for your losses. It is wise to seek the early assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney who has experienced handling medical malpractice cases.

Keep in mind that all medical malpractice cases are subject to a statute of limitations , which limits the amount of time in which a victim of cancer misdiagnosis has to file a lawsuit. It is wise to contact an attorney who can inform you of the laws in your state as soon as you suspect you may have a claim.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a cancer misdiagnosis, you don't have to go through this alone. Please contact a cancer misdiagnosis lawyers to speak with a qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can protect your legal rights and maximize your interests.

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