Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Diagnosing cancer is a multi-phase process that isn’t always quick.
It usually begins with a visit to the doctor’s office to discuss
symptoms you have been having. Typically, doctors recommend minor treatments
at first, rather than assume the worst right from the get-go.
For example, a woman may go to the doctor with troubling symptoms of frequent
bloating, pain in the pelvic area, and pain during urination. A doctor
may first assume that the patient has an ovarian cyst, prescribe pain
medication, and tell the patient to come back if there are any additional
problems. If problems persist, a doctor may recommend blood and imaging
tests to determine if the condition is anything more serious, such as
The question is, in cancer cases, did a physician fail to make a timely
and accurate cancer diagnosis to the detriment of the patient? These types
of cases are exceedingly complex, and best handled by experienced
medical malpractice attorneys, like those at Power Rogers & Smith.
Failure to “Connect the Dots”
Because the human body and its symptoms are complex, it can be difficult
to determine the root of various symptoms. Are the patient’s headaches
and abdominal pain unrelated, minor issues? Or are they related, pointing
to a more serious condition? This is where the accepted standard of care comes in.
Accepted Standard of Care for Medical Professionals
The American Medical Association Center for Health Policy Research, up to 17 malpractice lawsuits are filed per every 100 physicians annually.
This means that, according to the plaintiffs, 17 out of every 100 physicians,
on average, fails to uphold or meet the accepted standard of care. Medical
malpractice lawsuits allege that a healthcare professional:
- Breached a duty of care
- The patient suffered harm
- The patient’s harm was caused by the physician’s breach of duty
The job of the plaintiff’s attorney in medical malpractice cases
is to convince the judge/jury that the physician’s conduct as it
relates to the patient/plaintiff did not meet the accepted standard of
care in the medical industry. That is to say that other doctors, given
similar information and training, would have been able to properly diagnose
and treat the patient’s condition.
Misreading an Imaging Test
There are various imaging tests that doctors might use to make a medical
diagnosis. The test a doctor chooses to use will depend on the patient’s
health as well as their symptoms. Some of the most common imaging tests are:
- CT scans
- MRI scans
- Mammogram machines
If your doctor failed to diagnose you or someone you love with cancer because
they misread or misinterpreted the results of an imaging test, we encourage
you to contact Power Rogers & Smith for an evaluation.
Call Our Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Cancer is a serious disease, and prognosis is more positive the sooner
action is taken to treat it. Time is precious when a patient has cancer,
so if your doctor failed to diagnose you or misdiagnosed you, we invite
you to contact the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Power Rogers
& Smith today for a free evaluation of your legal rights and options.
Should you retain us as your legal counsel, you will not have to pay us
unless we secure a recovery on your behalf.