Misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose cancer can deprive a patient of the immediate treatments and attention needed to minimize the spread of cancerous cells. As early detection is critical to successful treatment, this mistake can prove life-threatening. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Golitko & Daly, P.C. in Indianapolis, IN, can hold negligent doctors legally responsible for your pain and suffering and secure maximum compensation on your behalf. We understand how traumatic these situations can be, and can dedicate our extensive resources to strengthening your unique case. To determine whether a cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit is in your best interest, contact our team today and review your case in more detail.
In order to hold a doctor responsible for your misdiagnosis, we must prove the doctor acted negligently.
What Are the Consequences of a Cancer Misdiagnosis?
When it comes to cancer treatment, time is of the utmost importance. Cancer can spread rapidly, making early detection vital to your chance of survival. The more cancer spreads, the harder it is to treat. While over 90 percent of breast cancer patients survive a minimum of five years if cancer is detected at its earliest stage, less than a quarter of patients survive five or more years if cancer is diagnosed in its latest stage.
Diagnosing nonexistent cancer can also have serious ramifications. When a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient with cancer, they are subjected to painful chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which can be detrimental to their overall health and wellbeing. These treatments have been known to cause long-term side effects, ranging from severe fatigue to heart conditions. When you factor in the cost of treatment and the emotional burden of illness, the resulting error is tragic.
How Does a Misdiagnosis Happen?
While doctors usually diagnose cancer properly, misdiagnosis may occur if a doctor:
- Fails to fully examine the patient
- Fails to order biopsies and mammograms
- Delays tests and treatment
- Uses the wrong tools, techniques, and technologies
- Has an error in judgment, downplaying or ignoring early warning signs
If you believe you have suffered a misdiagnosis, it is important to collect all medical records and documentation, which can be used to bolster your claim.
Cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits usually hinge on two central questions:
- Was there a breach in standard of care?
- Was the outcome avoidable?
In order to hold a doctor liable, they must have breached their duty of care. In addition, we most also demonstrate that this breach of duty directly caused harm that otherwise would have been avoidable had the doctor acted appropriately.
Proving Your Case
As your representation, we will fight to hold a negligent doctor legally responsible for your cancer misdiagnosis. However, simply because a doctor did not provide the correct diagnosis does not mean they acted negligently. Certain types of cancer, like lung, breast, and colon cancer, are difficult to detect. Because some symptoms are easily mistakable, unfortunate errors do happen.
Our medical malpractice attorneys can hold negligent doctors legally responsible for your pain and suffering and secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
If, however, we can to prove that a reasonable doctor would not have made the same error under similar circumstances, and your doctor's negligence resulted in injury or death, then we can build a strong case on your behalf.
Let Us Represent You
The importance of working with a qualified medical malpractice attorney cannot be overstated. At Golitko & Daly, P.C., we seek justice for our clients and their families. If you believe your doctor may have violated their standard of care, and you have suffered because of it, schedule a free consultation today. You may contact us online or call (800) 520-1644.