In an ideal world, a patient notices the symptoms that cancer is causing, seeks medical attention, the doctor diagnosis the cancer, treatment is started and the patient recovers. What happens when the doctor fails to timely diagnose a malignant tumor? This scenario requires a complicated medical and legal analysis.
A medical error is actionable if more likely than not had the error not been committed the patient would not have suffered the injury. Cancer treatments and survivor rates have steadily improved over the years. Unfortunately, there are some cancers that are more likely than not a death sentence. Thus, the failure to timely diagnose will usually not change the patient’s outcome. The good news is that many advances have been made in treatments as well as methods to detect the disease early. For these cancers a misdiagnosis may alter the patient’s future.
The misdiagnosis lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to evaluate whether you may have a case because a doctor misdiagnosed or failed to timely diagnose the a treatable disease.