Failure to Diagnose Cancer in Louisville
When cancer is diagnosed in a timely manner, the outlook can be quite optimistic. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can provide a cancer patient with hope for the future. However, when a doctor misdiagnoses cancer as something else or a patient is given a delayed diagnosis, the illness may be more difficult to treat and the likelihood of beating the cancer significantly decreases.
The attorneys at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, understand the anger and confusion you or your loved one may be experiencing because of a cancer misdiagnosis. Since 1986, our Louisville firm has helped individuals and families who have had to face the challenges of a doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer, including:
- Breast cancer
- Skin cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
If you or someone you care about is in advanced stages of cancer because of an oncologist’s failure to diagnose cancer, contact our Louisville cancer misdiagnosis attorneys. We offer a free initial consultation and handle all cases on a contingent fee basis.
What Mistakes Lead to Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Depending on your age and lifestyle choices, doctors should routinely screen for the presence of cancer or cancer symptoms. A doctor may be guilty of malpractice if they fail to perform this routine testing or at least advise their patient of the potential risk for cancer. However, even if a patient receives the necessary tests, they are still as risk of cancer misdiagnosis.
Common mistakes that can be made in the doctor’s office and at lab testing facilities include:
- Misread PAP smear
- Misread mammogram
- Misread CT scan
- Misread MRI
- Misread chest x-ray
- Not following up on a specific complaint or dismissing symptoms
How Dangerous is Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Some sources estimate that as many as a quarter of all medical malpractice claims are the result of misdiagnosis or the failure to diagnose a condition, particularly various types of cancer. The problem with misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a cancer is that time is often of the essence when it comes to treatment options. If caught early, many types of cancers have a high survivability rate. If a diagnosis is delayed, however, many of those same cancers could prove fatal.
Consider, for example, certain types of thyroid cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, this is the most rapidly increasing type of cancer in the country, with more than 62,000 new cases estimated for 2015. If it is detected soon enough, the thyroid gland can be removed, a patient can undergo minimal radiation or chemotherapy treatment and can go on to live a healthy life. If it is not diagnosed promptly, however, cancer in the thyroid could spread throughout the body, proving fatal in a relatively short period of time.
Discuss Your Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim with Our Kentucky Attorneys
If you or someone you care about would like to speak with an experienced lawyer about your doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer, please contact our Louisville law firm. We have secured multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured and ill clients. Our success is rooted in the way we approach each client and their concerns. We represent only a small number of clients at any one time so each client receives personalized attention.
Jury Verdict $20.9 Million
Jury Verdict Against Hospital $18.3 Million
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Wrongful Death Due To Medical Negligence $9 Million
Severe Brain Injury $8.5 Million
Improper Administration Of Anesthesia $7.5 Million
Failure to Diagnose Jury Verdict $4.1 Million
Wrongful Death Due To Medical Negligence $3.5 Million
Wrongful Death Settlement $3 Million
Brain Injury Settlement $2.8 Million
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