Waco Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Was Your Cancer Misdiagnosed?
Mistakes can be afforded in most situations, but they carry a heavy price when it comes to cancer diagnosis. Many patients needlessly lose their lives because their health care providers don’t properly diagnose their cancer.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to substantial coverage for all resulting losses. At Williams & Brown LLP, our experienced Texas medical malpractice attorneys have the legal skills to contest even the most powerful hospitals and insurance companies. We will do everything within our power to get you the full and fair settlement you deserve. For more information, please call (888) 741-6200 or (254) 741-6200.
Commonly Misdiagnosed Cancers
Research data indicates that breast, colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancer are among the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers. The reason for this is that they are also among the most common types of cancers. Misdiagnosis can be explained by the similarity of symptoms between these cancers and other, non-cancerous conditions. For example:
- The symptoms of breast cancer are similar to those of other inflammatory breast conditions, such as fibrocystic breast disease and mastitis.
- The symptoms of colorectal cancer are similar to those of other inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
- The symptoms of lung cancer are similar to those of certain lung infections, such as tuberculosis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
- The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are similar to those present in diabetes, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Physicians may use diagnostic tests to improve their accuracy. However, cancer screening may produce false negatives or false positives, depending on the competency of the performing physician and other circumstances.
What Are the Different Types of Cancer Misdiagnosis?
There are three ways in which a cancer physician can fail his/her patient at the diagnostic stage, each one just as harmful as the next. They include:
- Incorrect Diagnosis: This occurs when the patient is given a diagnosis for cancer when it is not present, or when s/he is diagnosed with the wrong type of cancer, which can result in the unnecessary and harmful application of costly treatments, among other damages.
- Delayed Diagnosis: Early detection is crucial to the successful treatment of cancer. If a physician fails to diagnose his/her patient’s cancer in a timely manner, the patient may miss the window for effective treatment, resulting in his/her death.
- Failure to Diagnose: A physician may fail to detect cancer in the patient, essentially letting it proceed to its terminal stages.
Tragically, in many cases of cancer misdiagnosis, the patient dies due to the error. In other words, cancer misdiagnosis is a serious matter, and health care providers that commit the mistake due to negligence should be penalized accordingly.
Compassionate Texas Misdiagnosis Attorneys
No person deserves to suffer the dire effects of cancer misdiagnosis. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a negligent cancer physician, please contact the attorneys at Williams & Brown LLP today. Let us provide you with the means to bring the bad doctor to justice.