One of the most frustrating cases a medical malpractice lawyer can see is an action brought on behalf of someone whose life was cut short, or substantially changed, because a doctor failed to diagnose their cancer in time. You’d be surprised at how often this occurs. The Journal of Clinical Oncology says some types of cancer are misdiagnosed up to 44 percent of the time. This sometimes happens because a crucial diagnostic test was not ordered; it also happens when an X-ray or scan is misread and a cancer is diagnosed as something else. In either situation, the patient’s cancer goes untreated, and sometimes the delay is deadly.
At The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are skilled in all areas of cancer misdiagnosis, medical malpractice, and medical negligence laws. If your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer in a timely manner, you may be able to hold your healthcare provider responsible for your losses. Contact Baltimore cancer misdiagnosis attorney Steven H. Heisler to discuss your case and find out what your rights are. Telephone 1-855-396-2637 or use the convenient inquiry form to start your journey to justice.
Cancer in the U.S.
The National Cancer Institute estimates 1,665,540 new cases of cancer in the U.S. in 2014, and this doesn’t include common skin cancers. Approximately 40.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Not every case of cancer is deadly, but 1,600 people die from cancer every day. And those who survive cancer often do so at great cost – financial, emotional and physical. Many things influence the survivability rates of cancer, but in any case one of the most crucial factors is early and accurate diagnosis and treatment. When there is a missed diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis, the patient’s future is jeopardized.
How Often Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?
The National Center for Policy Analysis reported in 2013 that an estimated 10 to 20 percent of illnesses are misdiagnosed. Tragically, as many as 28 percent of diagnostic mistakes are life threatening or lead to death or permanent disability, according to one report.
It is estimated that at least 40,000 cancer patients die each year as a result of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. If many of these patients’ doctors had accurately and timely diagnosed and treated their cancer, many of these people would still be alive. If you believe that your doctor’s negligence resulted in a delayed diagnosis of cancer, you may have a cancer misdiagnosis case. You should seek the legal representation and advice of a qualified cancer misdiagnosis attorney who has the experience that is needed to skillfully represent your case.
When is a doctor to blame?
Frequently, when a patient has an unsuccessful surgery, or gets worse instead of better, or it seems that the doctor’s error or delay caused harm, the patient and/or his family are hopeful that a malpractice lawsuit will provide compensation. However, the key issue is whether the doctor was negligent and that negligence caused the injury to the patient.
To be found negligent, the healthcare provider must have deviated from the accepted standard of care. An experienced medical misdiagnosis attorney like Steve Heisler can evaluate the facts of your case and determine whether it can be shown that another doctor, under similar circumstances, would likely not have arrived at the same diagnosis or would have made a correct diagnosis earlier.
Protecting Your Rights as a Misdiagnosis Victim
The treatment of cancer is typically very expensive and may require long-term medical care, including medications, chemotherapy, and other forms of treatment by specialists. A Baltimore cancer misdiagnosis lawyer at The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler may be able to recover for you monetary compensation which can assist in the payment of your medical bills and other cancer misdiagnosis expenses. Contact us today at 1-855-396-2637.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
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