Cancer is one of the most life-threatening conditions. As such, when someone has cancer, they need to receive proper diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional. However, doctors sometimes get it wrong. A misdiagnosis can occur, and the person experiences numerous problems following the doctor misdiagnosing the condition.
Misdiagnosis can lead to severe problems. Learn more below:
Lack of Treatment
Cancer requires treatment as soon as possible. As the patient’s cancer worsens, treating it can be more challenging. The later stages of cancer can be life-threatening and almost untreatable. Without the correct diagnosis, a patient may not receive the treatment they deserve to help with their recovery.
The doctor may provide treatment for a different condition. As a result, the cancer patient might not get the chemotherapy or procedure necessary to treat cancer. The condition can worsen, and the patient may pass away before receiving treatment. Doctors must ensure they properly diagnose a serious condition, such as cancer.
No treatment can be fatal, and the family might be able to take legal action.
How Misdiagnosis Happens
Cancer misdiagnosis can occur for numerous reasons, but doctors must take any necessary steps to get it right. Here are some ways misdiagnosis can occur:
- You have cancer, but the doctor cannot properly diagnose its severity or type.
- You have a rare form of cancer that the doctor does not have experience with.
- Your doctor doesn’t specialize in the type of cancer you experience.
If you feel there’s something wrong with you, it may help to get a second opinion. However, if your doctor gets it wrong, you might have legal options.
At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we work to help you in one of the most challenging situations. Our Cleveland medical malpractice attorneys work through the process to gather evidence and pursue the most favorable outcome on your behalf. Trust that we will stand in your corner and help you understand your options every step of the way.