Failure to Diagnose Cancer
An explicit or implicit defense that we often see in these cases is that the physician did not cause the cancer, so he should not be held responsible for the consequences of this terrible illness. And, of course, it is true that doctors do not typically cause cancer. However, the key in successfully treating most cancers is early detection followed by proper treatment.
When a physician fails to listen to his patient’s complaints, fails to do a complete physical exam and thereafter fails to perform necessary tests - blood, urine, radiological scans or biopsy of a tumor (where the affected tissue can be examined microscopically) among other tests – this may lead to a critical delay in treatment. Delay in diagnosis can result in a spreading or metastasis of the cancer, make treatment more difficult and, as it causes the cancer stages to advance, renders the prognosis less favorable.
Common types of delayed diagnosis of cancer cases include breast cancer, cervical cancer, cancer of the uterus, colon cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer and brain cancer (brain tumor), skin cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer, among others.
Cancer misdiagnosis malpractice cases may entitle a patient to recover compensation for damages due to radical and life altering medical intervention, which could have been avoided through early detection and treatment, or for the wrongful death of a family member.
If you or a loved one has been injured by malpractice and you would like to speak with an experienced cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, please contact us to speak to one of the trial lawyers at Boyers Law Group, for a free consultation about your legal rights.