Failing to diagnose cancer and other diseases can have devastating consequences. When a doctor error or mistake allows cancer or a disease to progress unnecessarily and cause injury or death, the victim and family deserve answers. At Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC, we work to obtain those answers and work to gain compensation for the injured and their loved ones.
Medical malpractice cases, and especially failure to diagnose cases, are complex and require the interpretation of many different medical studies, lab reports, MRI’s, CT scans or other medical data.
We have handled numerous medical malpractice, birth injury and failure to diagnose cases and will work with the proper experts to interpret the data and provide insight and testimony as to how the potential failure to diagnose occurred.
Failure to diagnose cancer, strokes or heart attacks can delay treatment and result in serious injuries. A medical malpractice lawsuit cannot reverse the medical outcome, but can provide compensation for suffering, future medical expenses, lost income or in-home care.
Currently cancer afflicts a massive segment of the American population. The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 1.6 million new diagnoses of cancer in 2012, and almost 600,000 deaths from cancer. That breaks down to more than 1,500 people a day, which is a staggering number, and accounts for one in four deaths in the US.
Correct treatment is crucial to lowering these numbers and ensuring that you aren’t one of the unlucky ones who succumb to this debilitating disease. Cancer is tricky, and once it metastasizes (spreads from its original point of origin), it can be much harder to treat. As most of us know, when and how the disease is diagnosed plays heavily into chances of survival, and discovering that you have suffered from cancer misdiagnosis can be devastating.
Unfortunately, misdiagnoses or failure to diagnose can occur in almost every cancer case, among them:
Even if cancer is found, the victim may suffer from a number of incorrect assessments that could negatively impact treatment. A doctor might erroneously identify breast cancer as noninvasive, for instance, when it is actually invasive, indicating that the doctor would need to look beyond the breast to fully treat. A late diagnosis could shave precious years off a woman’s life and require her to undergo higher doses of radiation and chemotherapy.
It isn’t only cancer victims who can suffer from a misdiagnosis, either. Often a misdiagnosis occurs in the opposite direction, informing a patient that they have the disease when in fact they do not. This can lead to debilitating courses of chemotherapy and even removal of organs, as in the case of Jennifer Rufer, who lost her uterus to hysterectomy unnecessarily.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose, you may be entitled to compensation. This is a difficult area, however, and seeking immediate help is prudent. First, if you have not done so already, get a second opinion. If it differs from the original, get a third. Order more medical tests and be sure you feel comfortable that you’ve gotten a correct diagnosis. Then talk to an attorney about what your options are going forward.
We know that dealing with your misdiagnosis requires an enormous amount of time and effort. Let our specialized team at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC help you deal with your unique situation; our experience and the individualized attention we give to each and every client will help. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor failing to diagnose a serious condition, contact Meinhart, Smith & Manning PLLC today. Time is of the essence.
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