Misdiagnosis of Cancer / Failure to Diagnose Cancer
It might come as a surprise, but misdiagnosis, incorrect diagnosis, and delayed diagnosis of cancer exceed medical issues like drug errors and wrong-site surgery. According to a 2013 Washington Post article, 10 to 20 percent of cancer cases are initially misdiagnosed. A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer can mean that your cancer goes undetected for months or even years while it is treatable and the cancer spreads, causing further complications and even wrongful death.
If you or someone you love has suffered from delayed diagnosis of cancer or misdiagnosis of cancer, an experienced Illinois medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you. If you have a claim, having an attorney by your side can make a big difference in whether you are able to get the monetary recovery you need or whether you suffer the financial and emotional consequences on your own. Physicians facing a medical malpractice claim around cancer diagnostic errors will be worried about consequences like suspended medical licenses and other industry consequences preventing them from practicing. As a result, they will be finding a defense attorney to fight your claim and assert that they were not negligent.
Negligent Actions in Cancer Diagnostic Errors
There are many different negligent actions that could contribute to a cancer diagnosis issue. Some of these include:
- Failure to interpret test results
- Failure to conduct a test properly
- Inability to recognize a tumor
- Lost, destroyed, or switched lab results or test results
- Failure to order initial tests or follow-up tests of lumps and abnormal cells
- Misread X-ray results
- Failure to refer patient to an appropriate specialist
Who Is Liable?
If you have been misdiagnosed with cancer, the party whose negligence led to a cancer diagnostic error is held liable. This could be a primary care physician who did not perform necessary tests to diagnose you appropriately or who failed to refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis. It could also be a radiologist or radiologic technician who misinterpreted or misplaced the X-rays or another type of specialist who was charged with diagnosing and treating you.
Consequences of Cancer Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
A diagnostic error for cancer can hurt your chance of treating the cancer effectively and could lead to additional pain, suffering, and death. Early detection is one of the most important factors in treating cancer, and a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis could push back your chance for treatment. On top of the health consequences of a misdiagnosis or failed diagnosis, you face significant damages. These might include lost wages, medical expenses, loss of normal life, as well as anguish and suffering.