A misdiagnosis of cancer is one of the most common types of medical malpractice errors that occur and in many cases involve failure to diagnose cancer in a patient. Cancer misdiagnosis can also involve patients who are diagnosed with cancer, undergo the stress of a cancer diagnosis, endure some type of treatment, and then are told that they never had cancer after all.
While medical professionals have grown much more adept over the last few decades at recognizing the signs of cancer and technology has improved greatly, a great number of cancer misdiagnosis are still made.
If your cancer was improperly diagnosed and the negligence of another medical provider caused you to experience injuries, do not hesitate to contact a medical malpractice lawyer in Maryland today for assistance.
A Baltimore cancer misdiagnosis attorney can evaluate your case and help determine how to proceed in the best possible manner.
The Importance of a Correct Cancer Diagnosis
Failure to properly diagnosis a patient with cancer has the potential to result in a life-altering and even fatal mistake. Despite the many different types of cancer, it is almost always true that the sooner cancer is detected and treated, the greater the likelihood that a patient will survive as well as avoid serious complications.
Failure to properly diagnose cancer greatly increases the chances that the cancer will metastasize to other organs in a person’s body, which often increases how difficult it is to treat the cancer.
One example of a commonly misdiagnosed cancer is mesothelioma, which aggressively attacks the lining of a person’s lungs and other internal organs. While mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, it is often takes years or even decades before symptoms of the disease become noticeable.
The effects of a diagnosing a person with cancer who does not have cancer can also be devastating. Many people who are told they have cancer have surgeries to remove cancerous regions and often undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation. These treatments each create long-term health complications for individuals that often shorten their life expectancies.
Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis
There are many factors that could resulted in a missed cancer diagnosis. Some of the most common errors made by medical professionals include:
- Failure to order adequate lab results, scans, or other tests
- Failure to properly read lab results, scans, or other tests
- Failure to recognize symptoms of cancer
- Unfamiliarity with the disease
The Results of Cancer Misdiagnosis Can be Serious
Cancer misdiagnosis can result in complications that can change the rest of a person’s life and in some cases even result in their death. There are many serious complications that can result when a person is misdiagnosed with cancer, but some of the complications most often handled by a medical malpractice lawyer in Maryland include:
- Birth injury
- Brain injury
- Heart attack
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve injury
Our Baltimore Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Can Help
The victims of medical malpractice are often left facing a variety of expenses including emotional suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and physical pain.
Fortunately, a medical malpractice lawyer in Maryland is well versed in the complex law surrounding medical malpractice and also has a track record that involves helping several people who have been impacted by medical malpractice.
After an initial free consultation, our legal counsel will remain committed to making sure that you obtain the compensation that you receive as the result of your cancer misdiagnosis.
Our legal counsel can also help if a loved one has suffered as the result of a missed cancer diagnosis. Contact our law office today for assistance with your case.
The legal counsel at the Law Office of Randolph Rice knows what it takes to make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.