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Have You Or A Loved One Received A Misdiagnosis Or Late Diagnosis Of Cancer?
Posted on February 2, 2016
We rely on doctors to provide us with the best care possible. But sometimes, even doctors make mistakes and then our family members end up paying the cost – personal injury or even death. A misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer that results in wrongful death brings a whole new set of feelings. Not only have you lost your loved one, but now you have to deal with the emotions of knowing that the cancer could have been caught and treated. That knowledge, in and of itself, causes great stress and concern for any loving family member. What are the options? How can your family make it through this grief knowing that the doctor very well may cause this pain to another family in the same situation?
Proof of Malpractice Because of Errors
More than 98,000 people die per year of misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. That is a stark number when thinking about the impact that any doctor has in relation to our treatment and medical care. However, a doctor is not considered negligent just because he or she made a mistake. If that were the case, we would not have any doctors provide anyone care for fear of all types of legal retribution for even a small medical error.
Elderly are at Risk
The elderly seem to be at risk of having a missed or late diagnosis of many illnesses, including cancer. Many times, they are at the doctors’ appointments and rushed through a visit or have symptoms that are passed over in response to common aging ailments or conditions. Additionally, some related illnesses that have very similar symptoms, but with very slight differences, can be mistaken and wrongly diagnosed.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Cancers
According to the National Cancer Institute, the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers are breast, lung, colorectal and pancreatic cancer, among others. This is an unfortunate list as these cancers are some of the most common types of cancers. Thus, it is becoming more and more realistic to gain a secondary opinion to ensure medical accuracy in the diagnosis.
Steps to Prove Malpractice
Because malpractice is not available for each and every doctor error, you would need to prove that the doctor did not act reasonably on your behalf. In order to do that, you need to prove the following:
- A doctor-patient relationship did exist
- There was negligence in that the doctor did not provide care in a reasonably skillful and competent method
- The negligence caused the injury or misdiagnosis
Sometimes the best way to prove negligence or malpractice is to get a second or even third medical diagnosis from separate medical facilities.
Contact A Legal Representative
If you or a loved one experienced a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of cancer, contact the firm of Charles Bryan Alred to learn more about your options and finding a proper judgment for your own unique case. Contact us online or at (918)745-9960.