Can I Hold My Physician Accountable for a Delayed Cancer Diagnosis?
If your health has been jeopardized by a delayed or missed diagnosis of cancer, you may want to contact a cancer misdiagnosis attorney Chicago, IL residents trust to discuss your legal options. When it comes to a potentially fatal disease like cancer, there is simply no time to waste in identifying and treating it. The key to surviving cancer is to diagnose and treat it as soon as possible.
In many cases, you can hold a physician or specialist accountable for failing to diagnose your cancer early enough to successfully treat it, or for incorrectly concluding that your cancer symptoms were caused by a different medical condition.
How and How Often Does Misdiagnosis Occur?
According to some studies, between 10 percent and 20 percent of cancer patients receive an incorrect diagnosis, which delays care and allows the cancer to spread. There are numerous ways that misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can occur, including:
- A physician’s failure to take an appropriately thorough family medical history that could have revealed a predisposition to certain types of cancer
- A physician’s decision not to order appropriate tests that could have detected cancer, including blood work, CAT scans and MRIs
- A physician’s failure to refer a patient to a specialist based on their symptoms, followed by a failure to follow up with future medical exams
- Mixing up a patient’s test results with a different patient’s results
- Ordering tests for certain types of cancer based on patient-reported symptoms, but failing to ask follow-up questions that would broaden testing in order to discover certain other types of cancer
Seeking Answers and Details
You may need to contact a medical malpractice attorney Chicago, IL relies on even if you’re not sure about pursuing litigation. Unfortunately, medical professionals and hospitals are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to explaining what went wrong or even admitting that mistakes were made. Many patients feel the need to file a lawsuit simply to get answers that no one will otherwise provide.
The discovery process in litigation can be an effective way to start finding the answers you’re looking for and putting a timeline together of how long your diagnosis was delayed and why. And by working with a good attorney, you’ll also have access to expert medical witnesses who can help you and a jury understand why the physician’s actions constituted sub-standard care and resulted in harm.
Medical Malpractice Litigation is Complex – Hire the Right Attorney for Your Case
Medical malpractice litigation is often time-intensive, resource-intensive and highly complex. Law firms cannot “dabble” in this practice area and expect to be successful. But our firm is ready to help you. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian have the skills, experience and tenacity to take on complex medical malpractice cases and see them through to the end.
We know what you’ve been through and we want to help you seek justice and compensation. To learn more, call our office to speak to a Chicago, IL cancer misdiagnosis attorney today.