Failure to diagnose cancer leads to terrible suffering and wrongful death for thousands of Americans every year. When a doctor fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses cancer, the patient suffers greatly from the effects of delayed treatment, the wrong treatment, or no treatment at all. A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose allows the cancer to gain a foothold in the body and progress to the point where nothing can be done to save the patient’s life.
Today, we understand that earlier diagnosis equals the better the chances for survival.
Doctors rely on tests, including colonoscopies, mammograms, MRIs and CAT scans, to detect cancer and determine the form and stage of the cancer. When the tests are performed incorrectly or if the results are not interpreted correctly, precious time can be lost and the patient’s life may be jeopardized.
If you believe that you or someone you love was misdiagnosed or a doctor failed to diagnose and treat cancer, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. There is little margin for error in cancer and proper diagnosis and treatment are essential. Cancer misdiagnosis is frequently the result of:
- Failure to correctly identify a tumor or skin lesion as malignant
- Failure to send a patient to a specialist
- Failure to pursue patient’s complaints to determine what is making them ill
- Failure to correctly identify the type of cancer
- Failure to screen patients for lifestyle behaviors associated with cancers
- Failure to follow up when patients do not respond to treatment
If your doctor or any of the medical care providers involved in your care have failed to diagnose and properly treat your cancer, you may have cause to take legal action. Call Thering, PLLC at 866-996-7123 today to learn how we can help you.