Failing to diagnose cancer is a common medical malpractice claim but proving that the doctor involved was negligent can present a variety of hurdles. The lawyers at Cardaro and Peek, LLC have successfully handled medical malpractice cases involving cancer in Baltimore, Washington, and throughout Maryland. Read on to learn more.
The Standard of Care
A doctor may misdiagnose a particular type of cancer and not necessarily breach the standard of care. Cases involving cancer can be complex, and some cancers can be difficult to detect at various stages. It is when the doctor behaves negligently or unreasonably that the case may rise to medical malpractice.
Most medical malpractice cases involve proving that the medical professional involved breached the professional standard of care. As with other cases of medical malpractice, a case based on cancer misdiagnosis would require the plaintiff and the defendant to present testimony from a medical expert. The expert will then determine if the doctor acted as any other reasonable doctor would in his or her position.
In order for a doctor to be found liable for medical malpractice, the plaintiff must show that he or she suffered an injury which would not have occurred in other circumstances. A variety of complications can arise from this requirement. For example, a doctor may be considered unreasonable in failing to diagnose a type of cancer, but the consequences for the plaintiff might be unchanged with a proper diagnosis.
In some cases, the doctor incorrectly determines a patient has cancer when he or she does not. If experts determine that the misdiagnosis was a breach of care, the doctor could be liable for any damages caused by unnecessary surgery, treatment, or mental suffering.
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Cardaro & Peek, LLC has obtained over $7,064,000 for clients involved in breast cancer misdiagnosis. If you think that you are a victim of cancer misdiagnosis, do not hesitate to call our office. Our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys is ready to review your case.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.