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Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Cancer Misdiagnosis in Ohio and Northern KentuckyAnyone who has had the extreme misfortune of dealing with cancer, whether personally or through a friend or family member, knows just how quickly and viciously it progresses. Early detection of cancer is of utmost importance, as it can be the difference between life or death for patients. If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose cancer in a timely manner, cancer treatment may be less effective and may not even be able to help the patient at all past a certain point. In these cases, the victim and/or their family members may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the negligent medical professional in order to obtain compensation for their losses.
How Might a Doctor Misdiagnose Cancer?There are a number of ways a doctor might act negligently and fail to diagnose–and thus, treat– cancer quickly and efficiently. As mentioned before, the early diagnosis of cancer is critical in stopping the cancer before it spreads and causing more damage than it already has. As such, a delayed cancer diagnosis can be devastating for families, as it may mean the cancer has progressed too far to undergo the proper treatment. When a patient comes in with signs and symptoms of cancer, especially if the disease runs in the family, it is absolutely crucial that the treating physician take all necessary precautions to either rule out or confirm the presence of cancer. This includes screening the patient and ordering the appropriate tests, such as blood tests, MRI scans, tissue samples, and more. Failure to do so may lead to a missed diagnosis. It also includes failing to obtain a consult or referral. Aside from ordering the proper tests, doctors and other healthcare workers, such as radiologists, must also properly handle and interpret the results. The indication of potentially cancerous cells might appear in the tests, but a diagnostic error stemming from things like miscommunication, misreading, or failing to spot an abnormality can also lead to a missed or delayed diagnosis. In cases where a doctor diagnoses a patient with something other than cancer (when the patient does in fact have cancer), the patient may then undergo unnecessary medical treatment that may cause further illness or injury. Not only that, but failing to receive proper cancer treatment (such as radiation or chemotherapy) when the cancer is at an early stage can result in future treatment being unsuccessful and potentially leading to death that may have otherwise been preventable.
Common Types of Cancer Misdiagnosis LawsuitsAt TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our medical malpractice lawyers have handled all kinds of cancer misdiagnoses. Whether it’s due to a misdiagnosis, the failure to diagnose in a timely manner, or a completely missed diagnosis, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim if your healthcare provider failed to provide the proper diagnosis and treatment. Some of the more commonly misdiagnosed cancers include:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Colon cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Skin cancer
- Oral cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Consequences of Misdiagnosed or Delayed Diagnosis of CancerThere are a number of risk factors that come with the misdiagnosis of cancer. As most of us know all too well, cancer spreads incredibly quickly. That is why time is of the essence when it comes to cancer cases. Failure to provide the correct diagnosis or otherwise delaying a diagnosis of cancer can inevitably result in the cancer growing and spreading to other areas of the body. At this stage, it is significantly more difficult to treat and cure cancer patients than it would be if the cancer had been caught early on, often leading to preventable and untimely death. Cancer deaths are terrible enough, but what’s worse is knowing that it could have been prevented or at least delayed if the proper medical care had been administered from the very beginning. In summary, cancer diagnosed wrongfully can lead to the need for more intense intervention measures and treatment, meaning significantly increased medical expenses, as well as further injury and wrongful death for the patient in question. When this happens, a medical negligence case can be brought against the responsible physicians. Our Cincinnati and Covington wrongful death attorneys at TLF have seen firsthand the devastation that cancer misdiagnosis cases can bring to a victim and their families, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for them to recover maximum compensation for their suffering and losses.
Do I Have a Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuit?
When a healthcare professional makes an injurious or fatal medical error that any other reasonable physician would not have made under the same or similar circumstances, this is known as a breach of duty. When a medical provider breaches their owed duty of care to a patient, the victim and their family have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. This includes cases of an incorrect cancer diagnosis, whether that be due to a failure to diagnose or a general misdiagnosis.
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our Kentucky and Ohio misdiagnosis lawyers have handled numerous medical malpractice cases involving the failure to properly diagnose cancer. Our attorneys are prepared to utilize our vast legal resources to obtain things like medical records and expert witness testimony to prove negligence in your case, pinpointing the specific medical errors made by the responsible party that led to further harm. We fight aggressively for compensation for the patient’s medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, mental distress, and more.
A Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer from TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm Can Help – Call Today
Cancer misdiagnosis cases are often devastating for everyone involved, which is why it is so important that those who may have a cancer misdiagnosis claim to obtain help from an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can assist them in asserting their legal rights and fighting for justice on their behalf.
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our legal team is highly experienced in a variety of medical malpractice claims and is dedicated to seeing our clients recover damages for the unnecessary pain and suffering they had to experience. While we will strive to achieve a significant settlement outside of court, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.
If you have more questions about your potential cancer misdiagnosis case or if you seek experienced legal representation in handling your claim, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled Ohio or Kentucky cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at TLF today. You can reach us by calling our Covington office at (859) 578-9130, our Cincinnati office at (513) 651-4130, or toll-free at (800) 698-4054. You may also reach us by filling out the online intake form found below.
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