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Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnosis of Cancer

Even experienced, board-certified doctors make mistakes or cut corners. Sometimes, they do not run the right tests for cancer. Other times, they run the right tests but fail to review the tests correctly. When their failure leads to a terrible outcome for cancer patients and their families, they must be held accountable.

The Charlotte misdiagnosis of cancer lawyers at DeVore, Acton & Stafford, P.A., focus their practice on serving North Carolina medical malpractice victims. With decades of combined legal experience, our in-depth knowledge of misdiagnosis errors helps us find answers for clients who are suffering as the result of a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer.

Common Errors in Cancer Diagnosis/Detection

Misdiagnosis often happens because a family doctor or emergency room physician did not link a patient’s symptoms to cancer. The symptoms a patient gives during an office visit are critical to a doctor’s diagnosis and may lead to misdiagnosis of cancer.

If doctors request the proper testing from a radiologist, the radiologist may commit medical malpractice by not reading the entire film. If they find a solution to your symptoms in something else on the film (such as moisture build up), they may stop there and miss a calcification/tumor. Radiology errors and misdiagnosis may constitute malpractice. Radiologists must identify any and all abnormalities on an X-ray film.

Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

In cancer cases, early detection is the only real cure. However, a bad outcome does not mean that you were the victim of medical malpractice. Two things must have happened:

1. First, your doctor must have breached the medical standard of care. This means that he or she must have done something our community thinks is wrong, such as not reading a radiology film.

2. Second, your doctor’s breach must have led to a worse outcome than there would have been with a proper diagnosis. If it is more likely than not that you or your loved one would be in a better position today if the doctor had detected your cancer, then you probably have a medical malpractice claim.

Usually clients have a good malpractice case if the failure to diagnose happened more than two years ago and treating physicians did not have time to intervene to stop the cancer from growing.

Holding Medical Doctors Accountable

The legal team at our medical malpractice law firm will thoroughly analyze your case to determine if your doctor is liable for medical malpractice. We have working relationships with oncologists and oncologist radiologist specialists who can grade the tumor at the time of the original X-ray and determine if intervention could have saved you from major treatment or saved your loved one’s life.

Living with the consequences of a failed cancer diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be painful, but securing financial compensation to assist you and your family can help you move forward. Contact our firm online, call 704-594-4227 or email attorney Troy Stafford directly to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.