Massachusetts Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney
When a patient has signs or symptoms that may be cancer, it is important for the health care provider to take those symptoms seriously and order the proper tests to determine whether the patient has cancer or another life-threatening disease. Our Massachusetts cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand that these types of health concerns and complaints are sometimes ignored or overlooked until it’s too late. In these circumstances, a patient may face serious consequences, or even death, as a result of wrong or delayed diagnosis of cancer.
Even with few or no symptoms, many patients should be screened for common forms of cancer such as breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer. Patients with a family history or genetic predisposition to cancer may warrant close attention and medical monitoring. The purpose of screening and monitoring is to detect problems before they cause serious harm or death. Doctors need to keep up with current recommendations and screening tests and notify patients when screening tests are due. If proper screening isn’t done, serious medical conditions may not be diagnosed until it’s too late for effective treatment. Early detection and treatment are two of the best ways to manage a serious disease such as cancer, and it is your doctor’s responsibility to offer these essential services.
If you or someone you know has suffered injury or death as a result of a doctor’s wrong or delayed diagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering and losses you have experienced. The skilled attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand the devastating situation you or your loved ones are facing if your doctor has failed to fulfill the obligations of their profession. Therefore, as part of helping you receive justice for your case, our medical-legal staff knows how to identify medical signs and symptoms that may have been missed or ignored by a health care provider. Our Massachusetts cancer misdiagnosis lawyers represent families throughout New England, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Contact the Massachusetts cancer misdiagnosis lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP at (617) 426-4488 today for a free consultation about your case.
Why You Need an Attorney
Unfortunately, treatment for serious medical conditions can cost you a significant amount of both time and money. These costs are only increased if you have had to endure the consequences of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. You may have received unnecessary tests, experienced ineffective treatment or surgery, or even just suffered longer with potentially treatable symptoms.
If you have had this experience, you understand the financial burden these medical problems can place on you and your loved ones. You should not be expected to pay for the mistakes your doctor has made. The best way to ensure that you receive the proper compensation for this physical, emotional, and monetary burden is to hire a skilled medical malpractice attorney.
The lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have years of experience working with patients, such as yourself, who have suffered at the hands of careless or incompetent doctors. We understand the importance of your time and money, and we are prepared to help you fight back and receive justice for the problems and pain you have experienced.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Busy doctors may sometimes ignore a patient’s signs or symptoms, or simply attribute them to stress, muscle strain, heartburn, migraine or other less serious conditions. If the doctor is wrong, the patient may suffer from serious harm or even death. In many cases, a patient may suffer from very general symptoms, which are common with many different medical problems, making it difficult for medical professionals to provide an accurate diagnosis regardless of competence.
However, there are a number of different common conditions that have signs and symptoms identifiable enough that most medical professionals are expected to recognize them, but many often fail to do so. Some of these include the following:
- Bone Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Brain Tumors
If your doctor failed to recognize the symptoms of these cancers, they have demonstrated serious negligence or incompetence in their professional duties. Even if your symptoms are not initially clear indicators of these types of cancers, it is your doctor’s duty to research and test for the cause of these problems until they get the right diagnosis.
You place your trust in your doctor because of their years of experience in the medical field. When this trust is broken, because of a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, it is infuriating for you and your loved ones. Beyond the emotional impact this betrayal of trust causes, the consequences of a doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer can be life-threatening. This doctor or medical team must be held responsible for their actions.
Dangers of Delayed or Misdiagnosed Cancer
Cancer is a disease that gets progressively worse with time if the problem is not identified and then promptly treated. Fortunately, over the last several decades, there have been many medical advances in cancer research and treatment, which have allowed patients to recover from cancer and continue to lead normal lives after treatment. Many of these treatments, however, are most effective if a doctor begins treatment during the early stages of the disease.
Obviously, any delayed diagnosis can pose serious threats to a person’s safety, but with cancer, the dangers are even more prominent. Some of the dangers of a cancer misdiagnosis stem from:
- Feeling steadily worse, health-wise
- The spread of cancer cells around the body
- Cancer attacking internal organs
- Moving beyond medical help, if the diagnosis is delayed long enough
These are just a few examples of the many different ways a cancer misdiagnosis can seriously affect your recovery and your life. All of these dangers clearly make early detection and diagnosis of cancer very important, not just for a patient, but also for his or her loved ones. Cancer is a difficult disease to manage, but with a medical professional at your side, you should be able to expect the best possible treatment. When this is not the case, you have the right to fight back against the pain and suffering your doctor’s behavior has caused.
If you or someone you know has suffered advanced cancer or a terminal cancer diagnosis as a result of a medical provider’s delay, our attorneys may be able to help you find out more about what happened, and whether you are entitled to compensation.
Contact a Massachusetts cancer misdiagnosis lawyer at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP by calling (617) 426-4488 for a free consultation with an experienced member of our medical-legal team. Your doctor’s failure to act has caused your family significant suffering, but you do not have to manage these consequences alone.