For any medical condition to be properly treated, it must first be diagnosed. This is particularly important when it comes to cancer. A patient’s best chance at survival is an early diagnosis, but far too often we see misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses take away a patient’s precious time and treatment options. Doctors, including general physicians and oncologists, have an obligation to provide a standard level of care when it comes to diagnosing their patients. This may include referring a patient to a specialist or other facility for additional testing, if cancer is suspected. Every healthcare professional should utilize his or her training and the tools at hand to provide proper care.
When medical professional makes a mistake, is careless, or is negligent in any way and does not diagnose cancer in a timely manner, this may provide grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. These cases are complex and highly emotional, but our Philadelphia cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have extensive experience in this specific arena. We are here to help you and your family seek justice.
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Misdiagnosis Is the Leading Cause of U.S. Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Misdiagnosis is the leading cause of medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States. According to a John Hopkins review of 25 years of medical malpractice claims, diagnostic errors accounted for the largest percentage of claims. Compensation for these claims amounted to an astounding $38.8 billion, from 1986-2010. If you believe a diagnostic error occurred in relation to any type of cancer, it is important to have an experienced professional review the matter to determine whether malpractice was involved.
In handling a cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit, we will need to prove:
- The doctor owed you a duty of care (you were a patient);
- The doctor failed to act as a reasonable medical professional would have in the same or similar circumstances, in relation to your cancer diagnosis;
- You suffered as a result of the delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer; and
- The doctor’s act/failure to act was the proximate (probable, most likely) cause of your injuries.
You can also schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our Philadelphia cancer misdiagnosis lawyers by calling (215) 608-2183. We’re here for you and your family.