A cancer misdiagnosis can have serious, even deadly consequences for a patient. Unfortunately, these errors are more common than you may think. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to a misdiagnosis of cancer or another disease, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim for your harm or loss. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, our Baltimore cancer misdiagnosis lawyers can analyze the facts of your case to determine the cause of your injuries. If we accept your case, you can rest assured that we will advocate aggressively for you to pursue full and fair compensation.Legal Claims Based on a Misdiagnosis of Cancer
Approximately 20 percent of all medical diagnoses are objectively wrong, according to a report by the New York Times. A 2014 landmark study estimated that 12 million U.S. patients are misdiagnosed annually. However, the study only examined misdiagnoses that affected outpatients, so the number is probably higher. A cancer misdiagnosis can happen with regard to any type of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Many of these cancers have early screeners. For example, early screening for breast cancer involves a mammogram, whereas a colonoscopy can be used for early detection of colorectal cancer. If these screenings are not done, or the results are not correctly interpreted, the consequences can be devastating.
Physicians are trained to identify and recognize symptoms associated with various medical conditions. A misdiagnosis involves diagnosing a disease that is not actually present or failing to diagnose a disease that is present. When a medical professional misdiagnoses cancer, it can result in a life-threatening or even deadly situation for the patient. If a physician fails to diagnose cancer for many months, the cancer may spread during that time and may be no longer treatable, so the patient may die. In such a scenario, a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in the Baltimore area can bring a malpractice claim because had it not been for the misdiagnosis, the patient may have been able to seek life-saving or life-extending treatment.
In Maryland, medical malpractice takes place when a health care provider fails to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent health care provider would have used in the same or similar circumstances. In order to bring a malpractice claim, the plaintiff must establish that a doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of the misdiagnosis, the misdiagnosis was a result of the health care provider deviating from the appropriate standard of care, and the patient suffered harm as a direct result of the misdiagnosis. Each of these elements must be shown before any damages can be recovered.
If medical malpractice is established, our Baltimore cancer misdiagnosis attorneys may be able to recover a variety of damages. In the context of medical malpractice, “damages” is the term used for monetary compensation for the victim’s injuries. Some common examples of damages in misdiagnosis cases include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, the cost of future care, and any other losses arising from the malpractice. Each case is different, and the amount of damages that a plaintiff will be entitled to obtain in a given case will vary.Consult an Experienced Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Baltimore
If you or someone close to you has received a cancer misdiagnosis, you need to reach out to a seasoned attorney who can help you obtain compensation for your harm or for the death of a loved one. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we are dedicated to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. We represent people in cities such as Baltimore, Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, Silver Springs, and other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. For more information about your legal rights and options, do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 800-810-6780 or contact us online.