It is estimated that about 39% of men and women get diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, advances in the medical field have made it easier for people to find out about their condition in its early stages when it is still treatable. Going to the doctor at the right time and getting diagnosed can save your life, but getting misdiagnosed can be risky.
If your condition was misdiagnosed and a medical professional puts your life at risk, speak to Albany Delayed Cancer Diagnosis lawyers today. Misdiagnosis can lead to severe health implications and devastatingly impact the victim and their families. If you believe you were wronged, file a medical malpractice case immediately.
What are the signs of cancer misdiagnosis?
It is critical to visit the doctor for a routine check-up to find out about cancer in its treatable stages. The biggest role of the doctor is to tell you whether you have signs of cancer or not and suggest the next steps. If you have been going to a doctor who failed to conduct the diagnosis properly, they will be liable for the injuries and damages caused.
Moreover, patients and doctors are highly recommended to seek a second doctor’s opinion if they suspect a growth and are unsure about what it is. People are also required to seek a second opinion when a non-cancer diagnosis is made and the symptoms do not match the diagnosis.
Some signs of cancer misdiagnosis include the following:
- The treatment does not improve the patient’s condition or symptoms.
- The treatment plan is not congruent with the patient’s conditions.
- The doctor fails to answer the patient’s questions properly.
- The doctor is basing the diagnosis on a single test.
What are commonly misdiagnosed cancer types?
Some commonly misdiagnosed cancers include:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cervical cancer
Establishing liability for medical malpractice
In order to recover damages for your injury or misdiagnosis, you must prove certain elements, including the following:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care since you were in an official doctor-patient relationship.
- They deviated from the standard of care, and another doctor or expert would have diagnosed properly based on the same evidence.
- The failure of the doctor to properly diagnose caused your damages, such as physical harm, medical bills, lost wages, etc.
A wrong diagnosis can put undue mental and financial stress on you. Speak to an attorney today.