Failure to Diagnose Cancer

One’s best chance at overcoming cancer is early detection and immediate treatment. If diagnosed in its beginning stages, a person has a better chance of undergoing a successful cancer treatment. However, if a physician fails to diagnose cancer in a patient, the results may be tragic and even fatal. If cancer is left undetected, it may be too late for a patient to seek successful treatment options. If you or a loved one has cancer, but a doctor failed to render the proper diagnosis, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Friedman Schuman can guide you through this complex legal matter. Contact Friedman Schuman today for skilled and compassionate legal representation.

Reasons for a failed diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can be the worst news a person will ever receive. Unfortunately, this year alone, there will be nearly 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses and over 600,000 deaths from this tragic disease. The earlier cancer is detected, the higher chance the person has of a successful recovery. However, when a doctor fails to diagnose a patient, it may simply be too late to administer treatment that could save the patient’s life or counter the debilitating issues cancer patients face.

There are many preventative screening methods for adults that can detect cancer early. It may be wise to undergo regular screenings for cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer. If a radiologist misinterprets the findings, or if a doctor misreads the results of these tests, they may tell a person that they don’t have cancer when in reality, they do. The longer a person goes without a diagnosis, the longer cancer has to metastasize to an untreatable level.

Not every misdiagnosis is malpractice. Each case is different. Medical professionals are responsible for diagnosing patients as soon as possible. If they fail to diagnose cancer, it may be considered malpractice, depending on the facts of the case. It is always best to consult with an attorney.

Contact a Montgomery County Medical Malpractice Attorney

Failure to diagnose cancer can be devastating to a person and their loved ones. If you were the victim of a delayed or missed cancer diagnosis, it is important to consider your legal options. The attorneys at Friedman Schuman have over 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice. Contact the experienced attorneys at Friedman Schuman for strong legal representation when you need it most.