The delayed diagnosis of cancer is much more common than you may think. In fact, over 12% of all cancer cases are misdiagnosed at first. This can lead to a serious delay in the correct diagnosis, making a cancer which may have been treatable much more difficult to treat or untreatable altogether. Because of this, the cancer can result in complications, disfigurement, or the death of the patient that could have been avoided.
As with any medical malpractice claim, a case of misdiagnosis of cancer requires experienced personal injury attorneys who can get you the best possible results. The medical malpractice lawyers at Parker Scheer LLP have years of experience in medical malpractice cases, and can get you the results you deserved.
Cases involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer are often complicated. Doctors who failed to diagnosis will claim that an earlier diagnosis would not have helped the patient, or that they were not negligent in making their diagnosis. The experienced Boston medical malpractice lawyers at Parker Scheer LLP can handle this for you, as well as the complex parts of your case.
Cases of a Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
A misdiagnosis of cancer can come from a number of different negligence actions from a medical professional. The failure to perform a needed diagnostic test, incorrect interpretation of test results, failure to recognize a tumor, incorrect performance of a procedure, technology malfunctions, lost lab results, misread x-rays and failure to refer the patient to a specialist can all lead to a delayed diagnosis.
Who is Liable?
In most cases, the claim is brought against the medical professional who was negligent, and therefore delayed the diagnosis. The professional can be a general practitioner who failed to perform the diagnostic test or refer a patient, a radiologist who did not correctly interpret the patient’s x-rays, or the surgeon who failed to remove the tumor correctly. There have also been cases where technology malfunctions, and that technology’s manufacturer has been found liable.
What should you do if you are affected by the Misdiagnosis of Cancer?
If you have been affected by the delayed diagnosis of cancer, there are several steps that you should take:
- Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer to discuss your case. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you throughout the process, and it is important to begin the process as quickly as possible in order to preserve as much testimony and evidence as possible.
- Work with your lawyer. Gathering all medical records related to your case is imperative.
- Keep track of all records relating to your case, including doctor appointments, events and medical bills. In addition, make sure you have copies of all test results and receipts.
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