Misdiagnosis Of Cancer Is An Ongoing Threat
Cancer is caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially the way in which they grow and divide. Successful elimination of cancer depends on its early diagnosis and treatment before it can spread to other parts of the body, or metastasize, by way of blood or lymphatic vessels. When a patient exhibits visible signs and symptoms of cancer but a medical professional fails to diagnose it, a critical window of opportunity can be missed in which treatment is most effective.
A missed or late diagnosis can result in extensive complications, physical suffering and even death. The American Cancer Society estimates that a delay of even three months in a cancer diagnosis will almost certainly result in a need for more aggressive and expensive forms of treatment and a higher risk of mortality. Patients exposed to this kind of danger as a result of medical malpractice may be able to recover compensation.
The Crandall & Pera Law team of medical malpractice lawyers, registered nurses and an elite legal staff devotes itself to helping people whose lives have been complicated or shortened by a doctor’s failure to correctly diagnose cancer. Through jury verdicts and aggressive settlement negotiations, we have secured millions of dollars in fair and just compensation for our clients and their families throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky.
Why Is Cancer Misdiagnosis More Common Than Many Think?
Because cancer can involve any organ or tissue, it often presents with symptoms that suggest other diseases. For example, symptoms that may appear to be those of a benign brain tumor may actually be those of lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Doctors must be careful to test for cancer as well as for the more obvious disorder.
Even then, the tests themselves may not be totally reliable because:
- Mistakes can be made in the lab. Errors such as lost tissue samples or one patient’s biopsy mistakenly switched with another’s are not unusual.
- Test results may be misinterpreted. Doctors rely heavily on outside specialists for testing and interpretation. A consulting pathologist may misinterpret a tissue sample, or a consulting radiologist may misread an X-ray and report that cancer is absent when, in fact, it is present.
- Preconceptions. A doctor may have a preconceived notion of who can be afflicted with particular kinds of cancer, and fail to order an appropriate test.
No one should have to suffer needlessly; the failure to adhere to a proper standard of care must be addressed. Our team investigates clients’ claims with both expertise and empathy. We our obligations to the legal community seriously and do not bring frivolous lawsuits. When we conclude that a client suffered because of a misdiagnosis, or because care and treatment were negligently delayed or withheld, we bring that same skill to bear in obtaining fair and just compensation for them and their families.
Counseling Those Who Have Suffered Because Of A Delay Or Misdiagnosis
Crandall & Pera Law’s team of medical malpractice attorneys and registered nurses understands how critical early detection can be in cancer treatment, and how negligent misdiagnosis can have catastrophic effects on patients and their families. If you or a family member has suffered because a health care provider failed to diagnose cancer, we want to help.