Failure To Diagnose Cancer
Advances in medicine and cancer research continually improve doctors’ abilities to accurately diagnose cancer. However, if a doctor fails to identify the symptoms and correctly diagnose this debilitating disease, it could potentially be considered malpractice.
A patient’s chances of surviving cancer are often directly dependent on how early the tumor is identified and diagnosed. Failure to diagnose cancer in the early stages may require the patient to undergo more aggressive, invasive and painful treatments than would have been necessary, had the initial diagnosis been made in a timely manner.
If you or a loved one has suffered needlessly because of a physician’s failure to diagnose your condition, turn to malpractice attorney Steven Weinberg for the skilled representation you deserve.
Recognizing The Symptoms Of Cancer
Some types of cancer have typical symptoms, which may include:
- Unusual bleeding or discharge
- Change in bowel or bladder habits
- Thickening or lumps in a body part
- Problems with digestion
- Difficulty swallowing
- Nagging cough and hoarseness
- Unusual weight loss or weight gain
Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed types of cancer are cervical cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and esophageal cancer. Regardless of the exact type, doctors have a professional and ethical responsibility to identify the early warning signs and take the appropriate steps to make a correct diagnosis.
How A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You
Early cancer treatments are significantly less painful than later-stage treatments, and invasive treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can often be avoided completely if the doctor makes an early-stage cancer diagnosis.
Victims of a delayed cancer diagnosis may be eligible for compensation for their increased pain and suffering, increased medical bills and other damages. To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation with Steven J. Weinberg by calling his Palm Desert office at 1-866-875-2279, or contact him by email. He represents clients in Riverside, Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.