Baltimore Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers
One of the many duties a doctor owes to his or her patients is to accurately diagnose a patient’s condition based on symptoms, medical tests, and procedures. Every physician undergoes significant education and training to diagnose conditions and must follow a certain protocol for doing so. Unfortunately, not every health care provider is as diligent as the profession requires. Misdiagnoses happen every year, causing patient health problems, worsened prognoses, and even preventable deaths. Cancer misdiagnosis is one of the most harmful and devastating experiences a patient can undergo – whether the patient does or does not have cancer.
If you or a loved one are dealing with the aftermath of a cancer misdiagnosis, Murphy, Falcon & Murphy can help. The experienced attorneys at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy have a successful history with misdiagnosis claims in Maryland and understand the resulting damages. Secured financial compensation can stem from medical procedures, physical & emotional trauma, pain & suffering, significant injuries, or death. Murphy, Falcon & Murphy is not afraid to go up against the major players in the medical industry, including hospitals and insurance companies, to fight for your rights. Trust Murphy, Falcon & Murphy with your claim and experience the difference a great team of lawyers can make.
How Might a Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?
With an illness as serious as cancer, it can be hard to believe that physicians don’t check and double-check test results. This, however, is exactly how many misdiagnoses happen. A misdiagnosis can stem from a simple human error that should never have happened, such as the mislabeling of biopsy results or a mix up of patient files. Negligence is at the heart of most misdiagnosis situations – especially for serious, life-threatening conditions such as cancer.
The following are examples of actions that could lead to this mistake:
- Improper preliminary evaluation of the patient
- Ignoring medical history or patient complaints
- Ordering the wrong tests or not ordering the right tests
- Pathologist making mistakes during tissue biopsies
- Mixing up samples
- Technology malfunction
- Misinterpreting test results
- Failing to refer the patient to a specialist
- Misclassifying a cancer case
- Misjudging how and where the cancer has spread
There are several systems in place to prevent medical malpractice such as cancer misdiagnosis. When a doctor or other health care worker deviates from the system, takes shortcuts, or does his/her job negligently, accidents happen. For the courts to deem an action as “negligence” in a misdiagnosis case, the plaintiff must prove that a “reasonable and prudent” physician in a similar situation would have done something differently that would have prevented the mistake. The plaintiff must also prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of diagnosis.
What to Do About a Cancer Misdiagnosis
No matter which way the situation goes, a cancer misdiagnosis can be mentally stressful and emotionally traumatic. A doctor giving you a cancer diagnosis, only to find out moments prior to treatment that it’s not cancer at all, can be a whirlwind of emotions, unnecessary stress, and wasted money. A doctor failing to diagnose cancer that’s real can be deadly. It can cause a lack of life-saving treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy. Even if the doctor later makes a correct diagnosis, a cancer patient might have lost crucial weeks or months that might have made the difference in his or her prognosis.
If this situation happened to you in Baltimore, arm yourself with a results-driven attorney. The team at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy can help you fight for maximum compensation for your emotional trauma and other losses relating to a cancer misdiagnosis. Whether you have cancer or not, you could be eligible for compensation if the defendant’s actions caused you preventable harms. Let us investigate your situation and find out if you qualify for financial damages. Talk to us about your potential case for free at our Baltimore office location. Call (410) 951-8744 or get in touch online today.