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Failure to Diagnose Cancer Cases

Many types of cancer including colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, skin melanoma and lung cancer often respond readily to medical treatment if diagnosed early. A timely diagnosis makes a significant difference in survival rates for cancer patients. A negligent failure to diagnose cancer, on the other hand, may deprive a cancer patient of crucial months when treatment likely would have been effective in managing the cancer and preventing its spread.

Failure to diagnose cancer is one of the most common types of medical malpractice, but proving negligence is challenging. If you suspect that a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant failed to diagnose your cancer or misdiagnosed it, let a highly regarded Virginia medical malpractice attorney review your case, including a close examination of the medical records, and advise you.

The dedicated trial attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, led by founding attorney John Lichtenstein, have the resources and experience to pursue cases of medical malpractice. No case result can predict the same in any other case, every case is different. But Mr. Lichtenstein and Lichtenstein Law Group PLC has obtained numerous results, many exceeding $1 million across many different types of failure to diagnose cancer cases. In fact, our law firm often receives case referrals from other attorneys because we are prepared to take on cases that require this type of extensive investigation, recruitment of expert witnesses and substantial upfront costs.

How a Virginia Malpractice Lawyer Can Help After a Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Our attorneys understand that a patient and his or her family will have questions if a cancer reaches an advanced stage before doctors who have treated the patient diagnose the disease, or after the patient has been told he does not have cancer. Patients properly ask whether the diagnosis was missed or made in error, or if something more should have been done to detect and treat the cancer sooner.

Negligent failure to diagnose cancer can have devastating effects. A patient cannot expect a health care professional to step forward and take responsibility for a negligent failure to diagnose cancer or a misdiagnosis. When such occurs, trial lawyers experienced in failure to diagnose cancer cases must prove the case. Doctors and other health care professionals have a legal responsibility to provide medical treatment that meets the recognized standard of care. That includes ordering specific tests for patients who present certain symptoms and providing appropriate follow-up treatment based on the results of the tests.

Determining whether a doctor, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, oncologist, radiologist or other health care professional breached the established standard of care requires an evaluation of the medical record by credible, independent medical professionals. John Lichtenstein and the Lichtenstein Law Group is deeply experienced in these cases and works with a network of highly credentialed medical experts who. If the case review indicates an absence of malpractice, these experts will so state. But if the facts of the case and the record indicate the applicable medical rules were broken, these experts are prepared to testify.

A patient may have limited treatment options and face a significantly shortened life span if a doctor negligently disregards symptoms and fails to diagnose cancer in a timely fashion. A doctor’s failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests, interpret test results correctly or communicate and act upon the results of a test may represent medical negligence and be the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Doctors and hospitals in Virginia and their insurance companies are well-equipped to fight any malpractice claim. They will zealously defend themselves and their medical corporations. You need a Virginia malpractice law firm that has the commitment and resources to investigate these cases and hold the responsible parties accountable. We will investigate your case thoroughly and develop a strategy for financial recovery to protect your and your family’s future. Our reputation as a successful trial law firm will be to your advantage in preparing for trial and in negotiating with the insurance company to settle the case.

What Causes Failure to Diagnose Cancer?

There are many ways a failure to diagnose cancer may occur. Many instances of medical negligence involve systemic issues causing failures in communications among doctors and hospital and laboratory staff, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.

A doctor may not properly screen a patient who has an elevated risk of certain types of cancer. A doctor may fail to order the proper diagnostic tests called for by their own field to detect the disease. A wrong diagnosis can be caused by a hospital error, a laboratory error or a doctor error, or some other breakdown in the system.

A doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant, may diagnose a malignant mass as benign, fail to send a patient to a cancer specialist for further testing, mistake symptoms of cancer for a different illness or misclassify the aggressiveness of a tumor. For example, a radiologist may misread a mammogram or imaging test that indicates cancer.

A laboratory may mishandle blood or tissue samples, misplace or mix up test results or fail to send them to a doctor in a timely manner.

Improper tissue sampling and incorrect interpretation of lab results lead to many inaccurate cancer diagnoses.

As a result of failure to diagnose, a patient may receive unnecessary treatments, have to undergo invasive surgery or endure debilitating chemotherapy and radiation that could have been avoided by a timely diagnosis.

The lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC are experienced at reviewing these cases and determining whether prompt diagnosis and treatment could have produced a different outcome and whether medical negligence caused preventable harm. Our lawyers work very hard to learn what happened and to give you answers you can trust.

Wrongful Death from Failure to Diagnose Cancer

A delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer can cause serious complications for a cancer patient including allowing the cancer to advance to the point that the disease is untreatable. The surviving spouse and children of a cancer patient whose death was due to failure to diagnose may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim to seek compensation to somehow address the massive financial loss associated with the death of the loved one. This recovery would support the tremendous cost of medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of earnings over a lifetime, and emotional distress.

At the Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we have built our reputation taking severe and catastrophic cases, often very tough cases. We have secured numerous successful results for our clients and their families who have suffered catastrophic injury and death of loved ones. We have extensive experience representing victims of medical malpractice. Our attorneys, led by John Lichtenstein, have almost 100 years of combined legal experience. We are confident in our ability in the courtroom and committed to helping you through every stage of your medical malpractice suit. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by a failure to diagnose cancer, the time limits on filing suit, called statutes of limitations argue against waiting. Talk to a compassionate and experienced medical malpractice attorney. There is no charge for the initial consultation. Call us or complete our online form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.