Although there can be other scenarios, most of the misdiagnosis cases we see involve one of three things: A failure to diagnose cancer, a failure to diagnose a heart attack, or a failure to diagnose a stroke. Heart attacks and strokes are most often misdiagnosed in the emergency room. Failures to diagnose cancer most often occur when X-rays get mixed up or misinterpreted by the radiology staff or the doctor who ordered the image.
When a person has cancer, a misdiagnosis of good health or of a relatively benign condition can mean the loss of a better chance for survival, harsher treatment options, or even death. Given the stakes, the medical community has established certain standards for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
This does not mean that doctors are expected to be perfect or even to be able to decipher all of the incredibly subtle signs of every cancer in its early stages of development. That wouldn’t be fair. What we can fairly expect, however, is that doctors will conduct the appropriate tests at the appropriate times for patients who have appropriate cancer-like symptoms.
Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC was founded in 1970, and our attorneys have been helping victims of medical malpractice fight for fair compensation ever since. That many years of practice means something. It means that we know what the laws are and how they’ve evolved over time. It also means knowing what kinds of tests a doctor should order based on certain symptoms, as well as what evidence to look for in the medical records.
Most importantly, it means knowing doctors who are qualified and willing to testify for plaintiffs they believe have been harmed by medical negligence. Why is that so important? Because, without a doctor who will do that (and they’re not easy to find), you cannot even get into court.
Many cancers and other conditions are difficult to detect until they have already reached an advanced stage of development. Others have very low survival rates, no matter when they are diagnosed. That said, many other types of cancer have fairly high survival rates, even if they are not diagnosed or treated until the mid-stages of development.
ABC News reported that cancer misdiagnosis is not uncommon.
Doctors can also harm patients when they fail to evaluate the progression of the cancer correctly. The reason why that is the treatment for a particular type of cancer may be different for different stages of development. For instance, if a doctor diagnoses a Stage III prostate cancer as a Stage I cancer without getting a pathologist’s report, the patient will not get the kind of treatment they need, which in turn can mean a significantly worse long-term prognosis and, ultimately, wrongful death.
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