Maryland Attorney for Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuits
The American Cancer Society indicates that cancer mortality rates have been dropping. In fact, the overall rate of cancer deaths has fallen 20 percent since 1991. This decline in cancer deaths can be attributed not just to advances in medicine but also to earlier diagnosis.
Early diagnosis is absolutely essential to surviving cancer, and, along with the type of cancer, early diagnosis can be the best predictor of whether a patient will survive cancer and recover. Unfortunately, in some heartbreaking cases, doctors misdiagnose or fail to diagnose patients who are suffering from cancer, depriving them of their opportunity to get prompt medical help and potentially even causing them to lose their lives. In other devastating cases, doctors misdiagnose patients with cancer even though they aren’t, in fact, sick at all.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of cancer misdiagnosis and has suffered injury or medical problems as a result, you could have a medical malpractice claim. The experienced cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at The Abelson Law Firm, can help you to take action against the health care provider responsible for the misdiagnosis.
The Consequences of a Cancer Misdiagnosis
The consequences of a cancer misdiagnosis are serious, and victims may face both physical and financial devastation if a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient.
Many cancers have a 90 percent cure rate, or higher, with early diagnosis. A delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis, however, can result in the cancer’s spreading or metastasizing. This can reduce the cure rate to 10 percent or less. In some tragic cases, if the cancer has progressed to Stage IV, a misdiagnosis could even eliminate the chance of a cure. When cure is still possible, a person who has a delayed diagnosis may need more invasive treatments.
There are a number of different types of mistakes that can lead to a cancer misdiagnosis. Some of these mistakes are:
- Identifying a benign (non-cancerous) growth or tumor as malignant (cancerous)
- Diagnosing a malignant (cancerous) growth as benign (non-cancerous)
- Missing a cancer lesion during biopsy
- Misclassifying a malignant tumor in regard to its aggressiveness or type
- Failing to recommend that a patient undergo further testing
- Failing to recommend that a patient see a specialist
- Pathology or laboratory errors, such as improperly handling or reading results; mixing up specimens of patients; or reading the wrong patients results
- Failing to follow up with patients in cases where cancer is suspected
- Failing to recognize that a patient is at increased risk of cancer (due to medical history, family history, age, ethnicity, etc.) and thus failing to recommend or provide proper screenings
- Failing to respond to symptoms a patient has or complaints a patient makes and missing the signs of cancer.
These are just a few of the errors that can lead to a cancer misdiagnosis. While doctors and health care providers are expected to behave with a reasonable level of professionalism and to provide competent care, they can make mistakes. If their mistakes are ones that no reasonably capable professional would make, then they could be considered legally negligent and could be made to pay your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and emotional distress damages that you experienced as a direct result of the negligence.
Cancer Misdiagnosis? Our Lawyers Can Help
If you believe you were the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, contact The Abelson Law Firm, today. Our medical malpractice lawyer represent clients in Washington DC; Baltimore; Boston; Pittsburgh; and Philadelphia. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online.