Doctors and medical professionals are obligated to diagnose cancer correctly and timely. Failing to do so could not only delay treatment, but it could be the difference between a patient’s survival and death. If you or a loved one suffered from a cancer misdiagnosis in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and beyond call the lawyers at Cardaro and Peek today.
Why Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?
It is not the patient’s responsibility to know that his or her symptoms may indicate cancer. Rather, it is the duty of the doctor or medical professional assigned to the case. Cancer can be overlooked or misdiagnosed in the following ways:
- The doctor fails to perform a complete and thorough physical examination.
- The doctor fails to take a careful and detailed account of the patient’s history.
- The doctor does not follow up or communicate with the patient post-examination.
- The doctor fails to recognize early warning signs and symptoms.
- The doctor fails to refer the patient to the appropriate specialists.
Cancers Especially Responsive to Early Treatment
For some types of cancer, early treatment could save or elongate a patient’s life. Cancers that are responsive to early treatment include but are not limited to breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and testicular cancer. If a doctor fails to properly diagnose cancer, and a patient is denied treatment because of it, he or she should seek legal counsel.
The Dangers of Cancer Misdiagnosis
In most cases, early cancer detection is the key to survival. Over time, cancer cells multiply and spread to different parts of the body or metastasize. Delaying cancer treatment often means that the patient must undergo more invasive and aggressive treatment. Unfortunately, more aggressive treatment increases the chance of death or complications. Other types of harm caused by cancer misdiagnosis include premature death, severe physical pain, disfigurement, increased recovery time, lost wages, and inoperable cancer.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
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, Google+, and LinkedIn for more information.