Baltimore Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Fight for Victims of a Catastrophic Medical Oversight
Determining who is at fault when an error
in diagnosis affects your well-being
Modern medicine has made cancer much more manageable, but when your doctor fails to diagnose you with cancer, you lose the advantages of early detection and treatment. Not only do your survival odds decrease with lost time, but you spend more days suffering symptoms like chronic pain, fatigue, severe weight loss and fevers. If your cancer was misdiagnosed, causing a negative prognosis and extended anguish, the lawyers at Mallon & McCool, LLC, can provide experienced legal advice and representation.
What causes a cancer misdiagnosis?
It is estimated that up to 28 percent of all cancer cases are misdiagnosed. That means one in every four patients with cancer will either be told they have a different condition, or the wrong type of cancer, or the wrong level or stage of cancer. Doctors often point to failures in testing equipment and procedures as a reason for an incorrect diagnosis. In a recent survey, 36 percent of doctors claimed that the best way to avoid misdiagnoses was to provide “new and improved pathology tools and resources,” along with improved genetic tumor testing and radiology tools.
Many common causes, however, come down to simple human error, including:
- Lab errors. Mishandled samples and equipment can result in misleading test results.
- Miscommunication. A failure to report results quickly or clearly between the lab and doctor or the doctor and patient can cost valuable time for treatment.
- Lack of screening. Patients who are at risk for certain types of cancer, either through family history, lifestyle or other factors should be referred to testing by their doctors.
- Failure to correlate indicators. A single symptom or warning sign of cancer may not be enough to make a firm cancer diagnosis, but a failure to recognize several indicators in the same patient over time can mean a diagnosis is missed.
How can a cancer misdiagnosis affect me?
The most obvious impact of a failure to diagnose is on a patient’s medical treatment. Everyday cancer is allowed to progress means that a patient’s outlook becomes less certain. But a misdiagnosis doesn’t just affect your odds of a positive outcome. It can also impact your:
- Course of treatment. If cancer metastasizes, your timeline for care becomes much more intensive. Cancers that have progressed may require more aggressive treatments, which can have a negative impact on your long-term health.
- Morale and wellness. Suffering the symptoms of cancer, believing and accepting the wrong diagnosis, and facing the truth when it is finally uncovered can lead to severe psychological strain and personal torment
- Finances. Missed work, lost business opportunities and personal inconvenience can impact your day-to-day life and income.
Talk to a Maryland medical malpractice law firm about your legal options today
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are experienced in a range of medical malpractice cases, including getting restitution for victims of cancer misdiagnosis. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.