If Your Cancer Diagnosis Was Missed Or Delayed, A Louisville Medical Malpractice Attorney May Be Able To Help.
Most people associate medical malpractice with surgery or emergency rooms, but the truth is that medical malpractice can occur during any form of treatment – including regular trips to your family doctor or visits to a specialist. In fact, studies show that around 26 percent of all medical malpractice incidents involve the failure to diagnose a serious health condition, such as cancer. These failures to diagnose illnesses in a timely and appropriate manner can have consequences just as devastating as those that come about from surgical or medication errors.
Medical facilities have the tools needed to diagnose cancer readily available, but if the physician is not being vigilant, or perhaps wishes to avoid an expensive test, those tools might not be used. In other cases, tests may be misread or samples may be lost. As a result, the patient may not receive the proper diagnosis until it is too late for effective treatment.
Unlike many conditions, curing cancer has extremely low margins for error. There is a direct correlation between the speed with which a cancerous growth is treated, and the success of that treatment. The longer that it takes to get treatment, the lower the chances are that the treatment will be effective. If cancer is not caught as soon as possible, a patient may need more aggressive and drastic interventions – or he or she may not survive at all.
If you believe that your cancer – or your loved one’s cancer – was not diagnosed in a timely manner, you may wish to speak to a Kentucky medical malpractice attorney about your case. At Gladstein Law, we can help you understand exactly what happened, whether it was negligence, and whether you should fight for compensation. To speak to Seth Gladstein today, please call (800) 991-0474 today.
Causes of Delayed Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis
For those who have been injured by a missed diagnosis, it is important to realize that medical treatment is, in fact, a science. In many cases, physician have opportunities, perhaps more than a few, to correctly diagnose your condition. While not every instance of cancer can be caught, there are many cases where a reasonably attentive and knowledgeable doctor should have diagnosed the disease. If your doctor missed obvious and multiple opportunities to diagnose your cancer, you may be the victim of medical malpractice.
Specifically, common causes of delayed or missed diagnoses include:
- Failure to properly read and interpret imaging results.
- Failure to properly read and interpret tissue or blood samples.
- Failure to investigate suspicious skin growths.
- Failure to order additional testing when initial tests indicate that it’s needed.
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist.
- Failure to inform a patient of his or her test results.
- Failure to correctly interpret patient signs and symptoms of cancer.
Failure to diagnose a cancer can result in significantly more strenuous treatment, at best. Unfortunately, many missed diagnoses result in shortened lifespans and, ultimately, death. This problem is not limited to any one type of cancer.
The types of cancer that can escalate quickly, and need to be quickly diagnosed, include:
- Lung Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Uterine Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Stomach cancer
Tell Us Your Failure To Diagnose Cancer Story – We Will Tell You Your Legal Options
If you’ve been injured, as a result of medical malpractice – particularly, the failure to diagnose cancer – the task of obtaining compensation can be difficult and overwhelming. This is especially true if you are still fighting the disease, or if you have recently lost a loved one to the disease. At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we are here to take the burden of your medical malpractice claim off of your back, and lead you through the process every step of the way.
A misdiagnosis or missed cancer diagnosis can result in huge losses: Economic losses, permanent injuries, careers cut short, loss of quality of life, and even death. If a doctor, medical professional, or hospital was responsible for your late cancer diagnosis, act now. You should not be paying for someone else’s negligence – and the at-fault parties should suffer both the financial and professional consequences of their error.
Louisville medical malpractice attorney Seth Gladstein offers confidential, free consultations. To schedule yours, please call (800) 991-0474 or fill out our online contact form. Find out if you have a Kentucky medical malpractice case today.
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