Harrisburg Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Failed Diagnosis of Cancer
Failing to Detect Cancer Can Be Medical Malpractice with Devastating Effects
In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimated that over 1.6 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed that year. As commonly known, early detection gives a cancer patient the best and most options. When a physician fails to timely diagnose a case of cancer, the results can be devastating.
Medical providers who fail to detect cancer put their patients at risk for painful, debilitating and costly medical treatments. A patient with undetected cancer is at risk for the disease to spread and progress to the point where it cannot be easily controlled or cured, and in the worst cases, the progression can lead to death. Modern medicine provides so many means to detect cancer and other serious illnesses that failure to diagnose a life-threatening illness is an inexcusable medical error.
Recognizing the Warning Signs of Cancer
Recognizing potential red flags for cancer is an important part of diagnosing the disease. Common signs/symptoms of cancer that physicians should not disregard are:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Skin changes
- Lump/thickening of the skin
- Persistent cough/hoarseness
- Changes in bowel/bladder routine
Unfortunately a cancer misdiagnosis or delay in treatment happens all too frequently and can include, but is not limited to:
- Lab error
- The lab or medical provider fails to notify patient of results
- High risk patients not receiving proper screening
- Patient not receiving proper follow-up
- Misread test results
- Failure to order additional tests
- Failure to refer to an oncologist
Patients seeking medical attention from a physician expect the medical provider to detect, diagnose and treat their illness with a reasonable amount of skill and care. When this does not happen and the duty to follow this standard of care is breached, serious health consequences can result.
Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers at The Moyles Law Firm Hold Medical Providers Responsible for Failing to Diagnose Cancer
If you or a loved one has suffered, or a loved one has died as a result of a physician’s failure to diagnose cancer, we can help. Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer, James R. Moyles will investigate your case and determine if you have a potential claim. He will fight to hold medical providers accountable if the cancer should have been detected sooner.