Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Early detection is vital to successfully fighting cancer. Physicians are trained to detect symptoms and signs that point to early stages of this illness. If there is any possibility of cancer, prompt and thorough testing is essential. A failure to diagnose cancer deprives the patient of an adequate opportunity to seek medical treatment as soon as possible and often leads to a worse prognosis or death. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused. Our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at Arfaa Law Group have successfully handled medical malpractice cases involving all types of cancer and have extensive experience in delayed cancer diagnosis claims.Holding a Doctor Accountable for a Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis of Cancer
For most types of cancers, early and correct diagnosis can make a significant difference in a patient’s prognosis. Thus, it is crucial for physicians to make the correct diagnosis as soon as possible. A failure to diagnose may occur when a physician entirely misses the connection between a patient’s symptoms and a certain medical condition, causing no course of treatment to be taken. As a result of this failure, the patient does not get the proper medical care needed to treat the condition. Common types of cancer include: bladder cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer.
A patient who has suffered harm from a doctor’s failure to diagnose will be required to show that the physician owed the patient a duty of care, the physician breached that duty of care, the patient suffered an injury, and the patient’s injury was a direct result of the physician’s breach. Under Maryland law, a doctor must provide a certain level of medical care to a patient. Medical malpractice results when a healthcare provider’s conduct falls below the professional standard of care.
Cancer medical malpractice cases involve complex legal and medical issues. Like any medical malpractice claim, delayed diagnosis of cancer cases require a sophisticated team of legal professionals who have experience working closely with medical specialist and experts. If you have lost a loved one due to a physician’s failure to diagnose cancer, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. As a victim of medical malpractice you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. While the forms of compensation may vary, a victim can generally seek damages arising from a failure to diagnose, including medical expenses incurred prior to your loved one’s death, loss of income and household services, loss of companionship, and funeral and burial costs.Contact a Resourceful Baltimore Lawyer to Discuss Your Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer Claim
At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys have successfully represented victims of misdiagnosis and missed diagnoses. If you have been harmed by the negligent acts or omissions of a medical care provider, including the failure to diagnose or missed diagnosis, you may be able to file a medical negligence claim against the at-fault party. We understand the mental and emotional anguish that a needlessly delayed cancer diagnosis can inflict on a patient and their loved ones. We serve patients across the state of Maryland whose cancer has been misdiagnosed or who have experienced an unnecessary delay in diagnosis. To set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.