You go to the doctor when you need help with a health condition or if you are injured in a car accident. You expect the doctor to examine you and perform tests to give you a diagnosis. With a diagnosis, the doctor can prescribe a treatment plan to help you recover.
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is a common problem. When a doctor gives a patient the wrong diagnosis, the patient can suffer extreme consequences.
Our Boca Raton cancer misdiagnosis attorney at the Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers can help if you were harmed because of a cancer misdiagnosis. Indeed, our attorneys have nearly 30 years of experience representing individuals and families in medical malpractice cases in Boca Raton, Florida.
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How Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured Because of a Cancer Misdiagnosis
Founding attorney Gregg Hollander believes that each client deserves personalized service when contacting the Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers in Boca Raton, FL. For that reason, Gregg personally handles the intake process for the law firm. We are passionate about fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and throughout South Florida.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Provide a personalized assessment of your case
- Conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation by an experienced team of legal professionals
- Handle all aspects of your personal injury claim, including filing insurance claims and handling all communication with insurance companies
- Carefully document your damages
- Gather evidence to prove fault and liability for your injury claim
- Negotiate a fair and just settlement for your claim
- Represent you in court to protect your best interests
- A positive attorney client relationship
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyer fights for maximum compensation for our clients. We have obtained multi-million dollar results in the 28 years since our law firm was founded. You can rest assured that we will use our extensive resources, skills, and experience to fight for the money you deserve for the pain and suffering caused by a cancer misdiagnosis.
Call our law office today to schedule your free consultation with a Boca Raton medical malpractice lawyer.
How Common Are Cases of Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Cancer misdiagnosis is a common topic among health professionals. Many studies have examined how often doctors misdiagnose cancer. The results vary greatly.
Misdiagnosis is a problem in all types of medical cases.
The Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicated that misdiagnosis occurs in about 26 percent of medical cases. The Journal of Clinical Oncology stated that up to 44 percent of some types of cancer are misdiagnosed.
Overview of Cancer Misdiagnosis
Some types of cancer are misdiagnosed more often than other types of cancer. One survey of cancer specialists found that breast cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, and sarcomas lead the list of the most common cancer misdiagnosis cases.
What Are Common Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Doctor error is a common cause of cancer misdiagnosis. When a doctor fails to listen to a patient’s complaints and symptoms or fails to recognize cancer symptoms, the doctor may not follow through with the necessary steps to diagnose cancer. The consequence is failing to diagnose cancer.
Medical errors that contribute to cancer misdiagnosis include:
- Failing to perform diagnostic tests, such as a mammogram, biopsy, pap test, MRI, prostate exam, endoscopy, ECG, ultrasound, colonoscopy, CAT scan, EKC, x-ray, etc.
- Conducting incorrect tests
- Failing to refer patients to cancer specialists
- Improper collection of samples or contamination of samples
- Defective medical equipment or malfunctions of equipment
- Failing to follow up with patients to schedule timely tests
- Incorrect interpretations of tests
- Lack of knowledge of specific forms of cancer
- Diagnosing the wrong type of cancer
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer
The reasons for many cases of failure to diagnose cancer is medical error or negligence by physicians and other medical professionals.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Cancer Misdiagnosis
The injuries and harm caused by a misdiagnosis of cancer can include permanent impairments and wrongful death. When a doctor fails to diagnose cancer, the cancer can spread and harm other areas of the body. The patient may suffer greater harm because the cancer was not treated.
On the other hand, when a doctor misdiagnoses cancer as another condition, the patient could receive unnecessary medical care. A doctor might perform unnecessary surgeries or chemotherapy.
Who is Liable for a Cancer Misdiagnosis?
If a doctor or medical provider was negligent, patients might have medical malpractice claims for cancer misdiagnosis.
However, if the doctor misdiagnosed cancer for reasons beyond the doctor’s control, the doctor is not guilty of malpractice.
The key to discovering what happened is a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your cancer diagnosis.
Our lawyers search for evidence to determine if the doctor violated the standard of care and whether that violation led to the misdiagnosis. When a doctor breaches the duty of care owed to the patient through negligence, medical errors, or intentional wrongdoing, the doctor can be held liable for damages under Florida’s medical malpractice laws.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Boca Raton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Your time to file medical malpractice cases for a cancer misdiagnosis is limited by Florida’s statute of limitations. Do not delay seeking legal advice about your case. Call now for a free consultation with our Boca Raton cancer misdiagnosis attorney.