Failure To Diagnose Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that generally affects the lining of the lungs. There is a strong link between this type of cancer and asbestos exposure, according to the causes listed by Mayo Clinic. While the initial symptoms of mesothelioma could point toward many conditions, the patient’s history is key. The doctor should ask about asbestos exposure or if the patient ever worked in construction, shipyards, or other places contaminated with asbestos. Medical imaging can also help determine if mesothelioma might be likely.
If you or a loved one suffered from advancing mesothelioma due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose mesothelioma, a medical malpractice lawyer from Newsome Melton will review your case for free. We want to talk to you today. Call us now at (855) 633-2757. You may be able to hold the doctor or hospital who failed to diagnose your cancer legally liable.
Delaying a Mesothelioma Diagnosis Means Delaying Treatment
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer. While it can take decades for it to develop following asbestos exposure, once it becomes malignant, it can spread quickly. A missed diagnosis can mean going months without an explanation for symptoms and without an accurate diagnosis. No diagnosis means no treatment, so the cancer can continue to spread unchecked.
While mesothelioma is a serious and deadly cancer, an early diagnosis can make a difference. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma with only localized spread was more than double the five-year survival rate for those who had evidence of this cancer in distant parts of the body.
Building a Medical Malpractice Case Based on Your Missed Mesothelioma Diagnosis
The initial symptoms most patients with mesothelioma report to their doctors are common signs of many serious lung ailments. They may include:
- Chest pain
- Painful coughing
- Trouble breathing
- Pain under the rib cage
- Unexplained weight loss
However, it is the doctor’s duty to look at the patient’s history, consider their risk factors, and conduct tests as a part of a differential diagnosis. This may require them to order medical imaging tests and possibly perform a biopsy. There are protocols they should follow during each of these procedures, ensuring you receive the standard of care expected.
If they do not provide the expected standard of care, mistakes may occur. These mistakes could include misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis.
At Newsome Melton, we know how to identify where things went wrong and prove you suffered additional harm because of medical negligence. We will also document the physical, emotional, and financial impacts of the missed diagnosis. This may include:
- Progression of the cancer beyond the lining of the lungs
- Preventable pain and suffering
- Additional medical treatment
- Other care costs
- Significant decreases in quality of life
- Other expenses and losses
Let one of our attorneys review your case for free. If we believe you have a strong case against the doctor or hospital that missed your mesothelioma diagnosis, we can build a case on your behalf. This may require working with medical expert witnesses and reviewing your relevant medical records.
We know how to navigate the medical malpractice laws in your state and file a claim or take legal action on your behalf. Call (855) 633-2757 today to get started with a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
We May Be Able to Recover Compensation in Your Failure to Diagnose Mesothelioma Case
At Newsome Melton, our medical malpractice attorneys understand that you do not want to spend your time fighting a legal battle. At the same time, we know the financial strain a cancer diagnosis can put on a family. If we believe you have a strong case, we will handle it on your behalf.
You can focus on spending time with your family while we pursue compensation to cover the expenses and losses you experienced as a result of the failure to diagnose your mesothelioma during your initial visit.
The recoverable damages in these cases vary depending on the damages you suffered as a result of the malpractice. Compensable damages may include:
- Past and future medical care costs related to the advanced nature of your condition
- Ongoing care costs if necessary
- Lost wages and damages, if applicable
- Miscellaneous related out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
In some cases, and dependent on the laws in your state, you may be eligible to recover punitive damages following this type of case. This could result in a payout that goes beyond your economic and noneconomic losses.
Wrongful Death Claims After a Failure to Diagnose Mesothelioma
In addition to filing medical malpractice cases on behalf of those living with this disease, we can also help families take legal action after the death of a loved one from mesothelioma. If you lost a loved one to this type of cancer following a missed diagnosis, let us review your case today. Call (855) 633-2757 now to talk to a member of our team.
Talk to a Medical Malpractice Attorney From Newsome Melton About Your Case
If you believe you suffered additional pain, suffering, disease progression, and other harm because a doctor failed to diagnose your mesothelioma when you first presented with symptoms, an attorney from Newsome Melton will review your case for free. We can help you understand if you were the victim of medical malpractice and if you may be able to recover a payout based on your case.
At Newsome Melton, our team offers complimentary initial consultations to those whose doctors missed their mesothelioma diagnosis. You also pay no attorney’s fees while we navigate the claims process or take your case to trial. We only get paid if we recover a payout for you and your family.
Call (855) 633-2757 now to learn more or get started today.