Many factors can contribute to misdiagnosis, from improper training to underqualified staff members to implicit biases that prevent professionals from upholding their duty of care. For victims of misdiagnosis, these actions can result in serious complications — especially if the medical professional failed to diagnose cancer.
If your doctor failed to diagnose or misdiagnosed your cancer and you suffered additional harm due to his or her actions, you may qualify for a medical malpractice claim. The attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can guide you through the case process, advocating for your best interests and maximum recovery.
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- Our firm has helped hundreds of Kansas City residents with their medical malpractice claims, securing millions of dollars in compensation.
- We have over 25 years of combined litigation and trial experience, representing medical malpractice victims as well as healthcare providers and insurance companies. We understand all sides of the medical malpractice process.
- Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which allows us to assume all of the risk for your lawsuit. You only pay legal fees unless we secure a settlement for your damages.
The Dangers of Cancer Misdiagnosis
When cancer develops in the body, it is important to identify and remove the tumors as quickly as possible. The longer the cancer grows, the more places it can spread. With greater spread, chances of surviving the cancer can decrease and you will require more intensive treatment to fight the disease. Medical professionals usually classify cancers by stages, with later stages involving the most distant spread.
If you visit a doctor after detecting some common early symptoms of cancer, he or she may dismiss your claims. Your doctor may diagnose your cancer as another condition, or downplay your symptoms. He or she may misread test results or fail to order the appropriate test in the first place. As a result, your cancer can progress undetected until it reaches a later stage and your symptoms significantly worsen.
How to Prove a Failed Cancer Diagnosis Claim
To prove a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to establish four important elements. Hiring a medical malpractice lawyer can help you gain resources and expert witnesses to strengthen your claim and prove each of these facts.
Duty of care
First, you must establish that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care at the time of the malpractice. A doctor-patient relationship must exist for you to hold a professional liable; if you visited the doctor at a clinic, hospital, or other professional office or facility, you can prove this element.
Deviation from standard of care
Second, you must prove that the at-fault medical professional deviated from the healthcare industry’s standard of care when diagnosing you. This will involve proving that a similarly trained and reasonable professional would have diagnosed you correctly under the same circumstances.
Third, you must show that the deviation from the standard of care was the direct cause of your injuries. For cancer misdiagnosis, this injury may be a worsening condition.
Finally, you will need to show you suffered physical, financial, and emotional damages you can collect compensation for. Your attorney will help you calculate the estimated value of your settlement.
Cancer is a serious condition, and it is important to catch this disease as early as possible to limit its spread. Failure to diagnose cancer can lead to worsening illness, a higher risk of death, and intense, painful treatment.