Catching cancer early increases your survival rate and could help you avoid the emotional and physical pain associated with chemotherapy. If you or a loved one is the victim of cancer misdiagnosis, our medical malpractice attorneys can fight for your compensation and hold all accountable parties responsible. At Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP in Metairie, LA, we work hard to help our clients receive compensation for their pain and suffering.
When it comes to cancer, early diagnosis is key. Fortunately, advances in the field of medicine have helped thousands of Americans detect, treat, and successfully overcome the disease. However, cases in which medical professionals fail to identify or diagnose cancer can lead to pain, suffering, and even death. Patients who have been misdiagnosed have the right to hold the doctor or hospital accountable for their oversight.
There are a few different ways that cancer misdiagnosis can occur. These include:
Because early detection is the single most important aspect of cancer diagnosis, failure to identify the disease can result in a catastrophic mistake on the part of the healthcare provider.
There are several different ways negligence can occur regarding cancer diagnosis. Some common causes of a cancer misdiagnosis include:
Because early detection is the single most important aspect of cancer diagnosis, failure to identify the disease can result in a catastrophic mistake on the part of the healthcare provider. As cancer continues to develop while untreated, it can metastasize to multiple organs, leading to serious complications and possible death.
It is important for patients to provide their doctors with as much information as possible. In addition to family history, work history and lifestyle also play a crucial role in proper diagnosis. For example, if you have developed mesothelioma from asbestos exposure due to your job as an electrician, it is important to disclose your employment history. Without that vital information, your doctor may assume your symptoms are a result of another condition.
Alternatively, there is also a significant risk for patients who have been wrongly diagnosed with cancer. In an effort to treat and eradicate the disease, many people choose to undergo surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, all of which can potentially cause complications or a shortened life expectancy.
If you or a family member has suffered due to a cancer misdiagnosis, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (504) 830-3838 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.
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