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Can I Sue for Failure to Diagnose Cancer?

Why it is Important to Get an Early Cancer Diagnosis

Millions of people are diagnosed with cancer each year, but a staggering number of patients do not receive a proper diagnosis and treatment until it is too late. If you had signs or symptoms of cancer that were missed by your doctor, you might be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Failure to diagnose is one of the most common forms of medical negligence. Failure to diagnose can happen in one of three ways, a doctor can miss the diagnosis completely (missed diagnosis), a doctor can give the wrong diagnosis (misdiagnosis), or a healthcare provider may not recognize the symptoms timely (delayed diagnosis). Any one of these can cause significant harm to a patient with an aggressive form of cancer.

The Real Danger of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

The word โ€œCancerโ€ strikes fear. ย  The sooner you are diagnosed with cancer, a mass, carcinoma or a tumor, the more quickly you can undergo treatments to try and halt or stop the cancer from spreading. Many times, if there is a delay in this diagnosis, it allows the disease to grow, spread, or metastasize to other parts of your body. A delay in diagnosing or treating cancer can mean the difference between a minor surgery to remove a small malignant growth and major surgery to remove a large tumor and other tissue. A delay in the diagnosis and management of cancer can literally mean the difference between life and death. A delay in diagnosis and management can significantly reduce your survival rate and subject you to harsh chemotherapy and radiation treatments that you might not have needed had the cancer been detected earlier.

What Should I Do If My Doctor Missed My Cancer Symptoms?

If your doctor failed to act upon signs or symptoms of cancer, you might be entitled to file a claim for damages. It is important to discuss your case with a medical malpractice attorney as early as possible. Keep detailed records of when you reported the first signs of abnormality and what your doctor or healthcare provider said.ย 

It is always helpful to have a copy of your medical records when reviewing your case with an attorney. Today, most records are kept online and include a copy of the notes a doctor made during the appointment. These notes may prove pivotal to your case. If you had signs or symptoms of cancer that were ignored by a physician, you deserve answers. Contact our office to discuss your legal options.ย 

Free case evaluations are available from skilled Philadelphia failure to diagnose cancer lawyers! Begin by calling (215) 866-2424.

Common Reasons for a Failure to Diagnose Cancer

While there is no excuse for a misdiagnosis or completely missed diagnosis of cancer, there are common underlying reasons that many doctors or health care professionals fail to properly diagnose patients.

Some of the reasons for a delay in diagnosing or treating cancer include:

  • A failure to listen to the patients complaints and symptoms
  • A failure to perform tumor marker testing such as a PSA, PAP smear, mammogram, CA-125 or CEA
  • A failure to consult with or refer the patient to an oncologist or doctor who specialized in cancer
  • A failure to order additional tests such as a biopsy, CT scan, MRI, PET scan or ultrasound
  • A failure to properly read pathology slides or x-rays
  • A failure to completely clear margins when the original tumor was removed, leaving some of the cancer or tumor behind
  • A failure to properly monitor or perform the proper surveillance testing after completion of radiation or chemotherapy treatments

Our team of attorneys and medical experts tirelessly investigate all circumstances surrounding your case to determine why your physician or doctor failed to diagnose your cancer earlier on. You can count on our determination and skill to find answers and hold the guilty party responsible for your damages.

Building a Record of Success Since 1958. $2+ Billion Recovered.

Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating failure to diagnose cases for clients. If you or a loved one has been injured due a delay in diagnosing and treating cancer, don't hesitate to enlist the help of our firm. Not only will we thoroughly investigate your case, we will prepare it for trial from the outset. This enables us to stay a step ahead of the opposition and gives you the advantage if the case does go to court. For over 60 years, our experienced Philadelphia cancer malpractice attorneys have worked tirelessly to provide the best representation in Pennsylvania. You can trust in our work ethic and years of expertise to guide you through this time.

We win your battles. Begin your case by calling (215) 866-2424.ย  We are here to help and fight for you.

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