Cancer Misdiagnoses Destroy Thousands of Families Every Year
Our Kentucky attorneys serve medical malpractice victims
There is perhaps no other illness that can cause as much fear, anger and anxiety as cancer. Time is of the essence in a cancer diagnosis, as early detection can mean the difference between a successful treatment and devastating loss. When doctors fail to correctly diagnose cancer, they rob their patients of timely treatment that could have saved them from long, drawn-out chemotherapy sessions, surgeries or even a tragic death.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our attorneys are recognized by several ratings services as highly regarded medical malpractice litigators. Our team includes registered nurses, former medical malpractice defense lawyers and an elite legal staff who work together to build a strong case for clients whose lives have been shortened by a doctor’s failure to correctly diagnose cancer.
Why cancer misdiagnosis is more common than you might think
Properly diagnosing cancer often requires more than one person, and it requires that everyone involved in the process do their jobs correctly. With so many people (and machines) involved in diagnosis, studies have shown that a patient with cancer will be misdiagnosed about 28% of the time. Some common reasons for a delay in diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis include:
Mistakes made in the lab. If a lab technician makes an error or loses a culture, there could be a delay in the doctor’s ability to recognize a cancer. Poorly or insufficiently trained technicians also increase the risk of a mistake, as do poorly maintained medical devices.
Failure to read the results correctly. Doctors who misread the lab results or ignore important elements of the results may diagnose a cancer patient with a different condition entirely.
Miscommunication between all parties. Failure to request or send medical histories, failure to include all parts of a test or failure to inform a patient about the results of a test could all lead to a delay in treatment. In some cases, a doctor who does not spend adequate time with his or her patients may not recognize that the lab results are wrong, or that the lab results actually belong to another patient.
Relying too heavily on past experience. While the experience of medical personnel is usually a benefit to patients, it can also sway a doctor or specialist to discount certain signs or avoid additional testing based on preconceived notions – such as assuming a male patient’s symptoms are not breast cancer simply because he is male.
Common cancer misdiagnosis claims
Crandall & Pera Law handles even the most complex cases involving an incorrect diagnosis or a delay in diagnosing cancer. The more common cases involve:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Testicular cancer
These types of cancer often present with symptoms that could indicate another condition, such as multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease. Doctors who fail to test for cancer as well as other potential conditions could delay a diagnosis, leading to serious consequences for the patient. The attorneys of Crandall & Pera Law work hand in hand with on-staff registered nurses when determining whether or not negligence led to a patient being misdiagnosed. If our investigations lead us to believe that you were treated improperly, or that your care and treatment were delayed, we can tell you what your next steps are.
Protecting you after your cancer was misdiagnosed
Crandall & Pera Law maintains multiple office locations throughout Kentucky for the convenience of our clients. Time is of the essence in cases involving misdiagnosed or failed diagnoses of cancer; please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form today.