Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
Finding out that you have cancer is a devastating, life-changing event. However, discovering that some events regarding your specific cancer could have been avoided had your healthcare provider ordered the necessary tests can be even more devastating. Contact an experienced Sacramento delayed diagnosis attorney if you or a loved one received a delayed diagnosis of cancer that could have prevented other problems had you been diagnosed sooner.
What Leads to Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer/Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Medical malpractice cases are often the result of negligence, such as failing to remove foreign objects in the body during surgery. On the other hand, medical malpractice cases are also the result of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or failure to diagnose debilitating or invasive diseases such as cancer. Healthcare providers’ failure to order the correct tests, failing to read and respond to test results, failing to refer a client to a specialist when needed, as well as failing to respond to patient’s inquiries and symptoms can lead to delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer. In some cases age plays a factor in healthcare providers’ failing to perform necessary tests or scans, even when there is a family history for a specific cancer.
The Dangers of Delayed or Undiagnosed Cancer
When a healthcare professional delays or fails to diagnose cancer, this can cause irreparable harm. If cancer is not diagnosed in time, the cancer can continue to spread and grow, and treatment that would have been effective within the first stages of cancer, may no longer be effective. After all, the longer a diagnosis is delayed or goes unnoticed, the more likely it is for the cancer to progress and reach a non-treatable stage. Due to these reasons, obtaining legal advice is of the utmost importance.
Contact an Attorney with Experience in Medical Malpractice
Being told that you have cancer is devastating, but learning that your cancer diagnosis was delayed or overlooked is even more troubling. If you believe a healthcare professional missed or ignored warning signs of cancer, you should contact an attorney immediately. Here, at Teal Law Group, we will fight for your rights. Contact our office for an initial consultation, in Santa Rosa at 707-525-1212 or in Sacramento at 916-448-1010 or contact us online, and let us do the rest.