Failure to Diagnose Cancer in Florida
The Importance of a Timely Diagnosis
As you may know, one of the most effective ways to overcome cancer is to take action as soon as the disease has been detected. Through various methods of treatment, a patient’s odds are greatly increased when they remain proactive throughout the process. But what happens when a doctor fails to diagnose a patient with cancer in a timely manner? Unfortunately, a simple mistake or oversight could put the patient’s likelihood of survival at risk, in addition to causing them an unbelievable amount of emotional pain and suffering.
For this reason, it is extremely important for all medical professionals to uphold their responsibilities and provide a reasonable level of care to each and every person that has entrusted them with their life. When they fail to do so, however, there are ways in which to hold them accountable. We at The Florida Law Group can help you hold a negligent medical professional responsible for not diagnosing your cancer in a timely manner.
Signs & Symptoms Missed by Doctors
Most frequently, a medical professional’s failure to diagnose cancer happens in clinical practice. Since the disease is most commonly detected during routine physical examinations, it is not unusual for a doctor to simply “go through the motions.” Some signs should not be ignored, however, including expressed symptoms of fatigue or weight loss and abnormal growths or lesions on the skin.
In the event that these warning signs are noticed, it is the doctor’s responsibility to follow up with the appropriate testing, such as a:
- Comprehensive physical exam
Is My Doctor Liable for a Delayed Diagnosis?
Cases that involve a delayed cancer diagnosis are often complex in nature. Since cancer is evaluated in stages—stage one being the mildest and stage four being the most severe—there are a lot of factors that you must look at when determining if negligence has contributed to a delayed diagnosis. If, for example, the disease could have been detected while it was in a more manageable stage, the patient may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What is important to keep in mind, however, is that not all forms of cancer are easily detected when they are in the first or second stage. Just because cancer was detected at a later stage, it does not necessarily mean that it would have been noticed, and subsequently treated, any earlier if a different doctor had handled the case.
For Experienced Legal Representation, Contact Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorneys.
Cases of this magnitude require that a legal professional conduct an extensive investigation, so you should not attempt to undergo this process alone. In doing so, you can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned. We will be able to determine whether or not a reasonable doctor under the same circumstances would have detected and treated the disease in a more effective manner. Our dedicated legal team is experienced in representing some of the most difficult malpractice cases against some of the most aggressive opponents, so we encourage you to place your trust in our firm.
To begin pursuing the compensation that you deserve, give us a call as soon as possible.