Cancer Medical Malpractice
Hire an experienced Atlanta attorney for failure to diagnose – or misdiagnosis – of cancer
For patients, medical malpractice in the face of cancer is not only frightening, but sometimes fatal. It occurs when a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional causes harm to their patient through failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. In both of these situations, a few things must be established to build a case: that a relationship based on treatment was established between the doctor and patient, and that the doctor acted in a way that another educated physician in the same situation wouldn’t have.
The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, in Atlanta can help if you think you have a case. Read on for more information about cancer medical malpractice, or contact us right away: 404-845-0012. We’re here to help.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Cancer is a broad term used to describe a large number of different diseases involving abnormal cells that multiply at an alarming rate. Cancer often proves fatal. As with many illnesses, the key to survival is early detection.
Doctors must take care to thoroughly listen to and research their patients’ complaints and symptoms. Failure to do so can cause them to miss crucial clues to finding the correct diagnosis and treatment. If your doctor failed to provide adequate, skillful care that would have aided in the early detection and treatment of your cancer, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Failure to Refer Patient to a Cancer Specialist
Speedy detection and treatment are essential to beating this disease. If a physician fails to recommend a patient to a cancer specialist entirely, or takes an unreasonable amount of time making their referral, they are not only making their patient wait, they are risking their life. Getting aggressive, immediate treatment can mean the difference between life and death for many cancer patients.
In some situations, doctors refer patients to specialists based on the desires of their insurance company. This can prove to be detrimental to the patient’s financial situation as well of that of their family.
Cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to properly identify another disease and misdiagnoses it as cancer, or vice versa. These cases typically involve doctors who make a diagnosis based on symptoms or a single set of scans or tests.
When another disease is misdiagnosed as cancer, patients may be unnecessarily subjected to an expensive, painful, and time-consuming regimen of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This occurs all while their actual disease is allowed to progress unhindered, causing further harm to their health.
Mistaking cancer for another disease or condition can have similar consequences. Treating the incorrect condition allows the cancer to spread and strengthen unchecked while the patient is busy taking medications and undergoing procedures that are unnecessary and potentially harmful.
Contact the Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP
If you are a victim of a negligent or careless doctor and need legal representation for your cancer medical malpractice case, the attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, in Atlanta will be right by your side every step of the way.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions concerning medical malpractice. Give us a call at 404-845-0012, or request your free legal consultation online.