Failure to Diagnose Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute’s website, an estimated 1,735,350 Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Learning that you have cancer is frightening, but there are exceptional facilities and specialists with state-of-the-art treatments that make it possible to enjoy a better quality of life with improved survival rates.
However, when a medical provider fails to diagnose cancer or diagnoses your cancer too late for you to get treatment, your chance for the best prognosis can be severely compromised.
Newsome Melton can help you hold a negligent physician accountable to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical care, and other damages.
Call (855) 633-2757 for a free case review.
When a Medical Provider Is Negligent
The most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2018 were breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectum cancer. Regardless of the type of cancer, the earlier you detect the disease, the better your chances for treatment and life expectancy.
That is what makes a failure to diagnose cancer so heart-breaking. There are several ways in which a medical provider might fail to diagnose cancer:
- Your provider tells you that you are healthy even though you later learn that you have cancer.
- Your provider misdiagnoses your cancer for another disease or ailment.
- Your provider does not diagnose your cancer quickly.
- Your provider fails to diagnose potential complications or secondary illnesses related to or associated with your cancer.
All these scenarios may reduce your chance to get treatment or make informed decisions about your health and your future. At Newsome Melton, we believe that if this happens to you or a loved one, you should have a legal advocate who will fight for your rightful compensation.
How We Help You Seek Recovery From a Negligent Party
If we represent you or a family member, our medical malpractice lawyers will carefully examine the details of your case.
Our first action is to make sure that your case meets the basic requirements to prove medical malpractice. Even a skilled practitioner who shows reasonable care can make a mistake.
To help you get compensation, a lawyer with Newsome Melton will ensure that:
- A doctor-patient relationship exists.
- Your doctor did not uphold a reasonable standard of care according to accepted medical practices.
- Your doctor’s negligence caused you to suffer physical and/or emotional injury or worsened an existing medical condition.
Our legal team works with medical specialists to prove these three elements and to help you pursue compensation. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call Newsome Melton today at (855) 633-2757.
How We Hold Negligent Providers Accountable
Medical malpractice cases are complex because there are many factors to consider. You also should know that a reckless medical provider will try to downplay his or her failure to diagnose cancer. The defendant’s lawyer or insurance carrier might say that you are partly to blame by not seeing your doctor sooner.
Your lawyer with Newsome Melton will counter these arguments and secure evidence that might include:
- Review of your provider’s actions
- Test results
- Analysis of your current health
- Examine the timeline of events
- Review prior complaints or concerns about your medical provider
You have the right to question if your doctor breached the expected duty of care. You also have the right to seek compensation if your doctor’s negligent actions caused you pain and loss.
Why Differential Diagnosis Matters
Differential diagnosis is the step-by-step process that doctors use to determine your illness or disease. The first step is to listen and ask questions about your symptoms. Physicians can also order tests and consult with subject matter experts.
Our team of legal and medical professionals at Newsome Melton will compare your doctor’s differential diagnosis with an expert to find out if:
- Another doctor using differential diagnosis under similar circumstances would have included cancer as a diagnosis
- Your doctor included cancer in a diagnosis process but did not help you get the treatment or specialist you needed
A medical malpractice lawyer takes care of gathering evidence and proving liability on your behalf. For a free case review, call Newsome Melton today: (855) 633-2757.
Who Might Be Held Accountable
A medical malpractice case usually involves several parties over the span of weeks or months.
Newsome Melton will name all parties who were either directly or vicariously responsible for causing you injury. These might include:
- General practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Specialists such as oncologists
- Radiology technicians
- Surgery centers
- Private practices
Our medical malpractice lawyers at Newsome Melton have recovered the compensation our clients are entitled to receive. While past results are not a guarantee of future outcomes, we will do all we can to get you the compensation and justice that you deserve.
Compensation for Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Recovering compensation for medical malpractice depends on the severity of the infraction that caused you or a loved one injury.
Common types of compensatory damages for this type of case could include:
- Emergency medical care
- Chemotherapy, radiation, or other types of cancer treatment
- Surgery and hospitalization
- Follow-up care and treatment
- Lifecare costs
- Palliative care costs
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death
More people than ever can enjoy longer, fuller lives despite getting a cancer diagnosis. If a failure to diagnose cancer robbed you or a loved one the opportunity to treat or even defeat cancer, call Newsome Melton for a free consultation at (855) 633-2757.
Call Today While You Have Time to Take Legal Action
Each state has its own statute of limitations when it comes to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Newsome Melton is a national law firm that can help you understand your legal rights, including your right to seek compensation from a negligent physician.
Our lawyers work on a contingency basis. You owe no attorney fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation.
For a free case review, call (855) 633-2757 today.