A Cancer Misdiagnosis Is More Common Than You Think
Some commonly misdiagnosed cancers include lymphoma, skin, lung, breast and colorectal. A cancer misdiagnosis can occur in a number of different scenarios:
- Failure to diagnose your cancer
- A delayed cancer diagnosis
- Diagnosed cancer is misclassified
- Diagnosed with cancer, but do not have cancer at all
According to studies published by The American Journal of Medicine and BMJ Quality & Safety, cancer misdiagnoses can occur between 15 percent to 28 percent of the time. Other errors may occur in the diagnosis process such as underestimating or overestimating how far or fast the cancer has spread, recommending the wrong treatment or delaying treatment.
If You Were Misdiagnosed, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
A cancer misdiagnosis can have a number of negative results. If the diagnosis is missed or delayed, you may delay treatment or not seek treatment until later. This may impact your treatment options and your survival rate. A misclassified diagnosis can have a similar impact on your treatment options. If you are diagnosed with cancer but do not even have cancer, you may undergo unnecessary treatment and medical procedures that negatively impact your life. A cancer misdiagnosis may allow for a medical malpractice claim.
A Lawyer Can Help Determine Who May Be At Fault
A number of factors play a role in your cancer misdiagnosis. You may have sought treatment with a number of doctors, nurses, clinics or hospitals. Along the way, the tests, X-rays and lab results that are completed may be handled or administered by a number of medical professionals. The tests that you undergo may be products of a medical supply or pharmaceutical company. At any stage in the proceedings, errors may be made that entitle you to be compensated for any loss you may suffer.
Contact Our Experienced Team Today
At Morris & Player PLLC, our attorneys have handled many medical misdiagnosis cases, including those involving cancer misdiagnosis. We can assist you with getting the compensation you deserve.