Far too many people here in Kentucky and across the country manifest symptoms that they simply cannot explain. Many of the preliminary symptoms that people suffer from can also be explained by other illnesses. Without additional testing, doctors could miss the proper diagnosis. A delayed diagnosis of cancercould rob a patient of the chance at early intervention that could save the patient’s life.
Most Kentucky doctors do the best they can for their patients, but we have encountered numerous situations where the doctor acted negligently. For example, the doctor may fail to order appropriate tests, fail to report test results, fail to take a complete medical and family history, or fail to take symptoms more seriously. Meanwhile, the cancer continues to take hold of a patient’s body.
Perhaps when the symptoms reach a more serious stage further testing may be done. By the time the cancer is found, any early intervention may be off the table. At that point, the patient’s condition could continue to deteriorate, and he or she may never recover.
If you lost a loved one due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer, it may be due to substandard care. Doctors are required to meet a certain standard of care and failing to do so could constitute medical malpractice. If an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s treatment and death reveals that a mistake occurred filing a lawsuit may be the appropriate course of action.