Failure to Diagnose Cancer -- Columbus, OH
When You are in Need of a Medical Negligence Lawyer
A cancer diagnosis is not a terminal sentence as it used to be in the past. With early detection and timely treatment of many types of cancer, including colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancer, as well as others, a patient's chances of surviving beyond the five-year milestone increase every day. Unfortunately, despite all the screening techniques available, sometimes a cancer diagnosis is negligently delayed or even mistaken for another health issue.
When doctors miss critical diagnoses such as cancer, appendicitis and many other life threatening or fatal illnesses, questions arise, such as how can a licensed and trained doctor, a medical school graduate, miss a simple diagnosis? Was the doctor busy, did they not see the obvious, or did they not care? Was it something personal? Fact is, cancer diagnoses are missed everyday when they should be caught. Many doctors don't listen to their patient's symptoms.
Ignoring or Misreading Early Warning Signs
A delay of a year in a breast cancer diagnosis can make the difference between survival and death. The longer a diagnosis of prostrate, colon, cervical, or breast cancer is delayed, the less likely it is that the patient it will survive. Instead it becomes more likely that the cancer will progress at an unmanageable rate. As cancer progresses unchecked, the effects become more devastating and costly. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can lead to a loss of life expectancy, the necessity for more invasive, aggressive, and expensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, loss of income due to the time spent treating the cancer, scarring or disfigurement, and in the worst cases, premature death.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer, contact Robert D. Erney and Associates today. Rob Erney has 29 years of experience and will handle your case with compassion and integrity.