Failure to Diagnose Cancer Attorneys in Seattle
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Cancer is one of the most frightening words we use. When we go to a doctor with an ailment, we expect him or her to order the proper tests, conduct proper evaluations, and create a treatment plan that puts us on the road to recovery. We place a great amount of trust in our doctors. Failing to perform the necessary steps to determine what is causing medical symptoms is a form of malpractice that can have devastating results. This is especially true for cancer, where an early diagnosis can make the difference between life and death.
If you're the victim of a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose cancer, you may be entitled to receive financial support from the negligent doctor and hospital. It takes an experienced Seattle failure to diagnose attorney to represent injured victims and their families. Proving these cases can be extremely challenging and complicated. Let Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. help.
You can reach us at (888) 228-3860.
The Importance of Early Cancer Diagnosis
Few conditions are as serious as cancer. The best way to treat cancer is to detect it early and start treatment right away. When there's a failure to diagnose cancer, it can allow the disease to spread. What could've been treated with a simple surgical procedure might now lead to chemotherapy treatments, more surgeries, and long-term suffering.
A failure to accurately diagnose cancer can lead a patient down the wrong treatment path. This can make a difference in the patient's prognosis. Patients can suffer devastating consequences when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer. It's difficult to know how many lives are lost each year because of a failure to diagnose cancer. But, there are many people who would've had a better chance fighting cancer if they'd been correctly diagnosed when they first went to the hospital.
Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Cancers
All forms of cancer are dangerous when they're not properly diagnosed and treated. Some of the most common failure-to-diagnose cancer malpractice claims involve:
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Oral Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
There are specific tests and screening procedures for these types of cancers. If you're showing certain symptoms when you visit your doctor, you should then receive proper testing. You should get a mammogram for signs of breast cancer, colonoscopies for colorectal cancer, and a PSA test for prostate cancer. Failing to order these tests or to correctly read test results can have devastating consequences for the patient and their family.
File a Washington Medical Malpractice Claim with Our Seattle Failure to Diagnose Cancer Attorneys
When there is a failure to diagnose and treat cancer in time to make a difference, it's a form of malpractice. Victims of malpractice can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering by filing a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault medical professional or the hospital.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of a failure to diagnose cancer, don't hesitate to contact a Seattle medical malpractice attorney.
For a free consultation and a comprehensive case evaluation, call Hardwick & Pendergast at (888) 228-3860.
- Cancer Screening Overview (PDQ®) - Patient Version
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps
- Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
- Misdiagnosed Cancer Not Uncommon (ABC News)
- Misdiagnosing Cancer is More Common Than We Think (Boston Magazine)