Who Can Be Held Accountable For A Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Months, weeks and even days can make a difference when it comes to the treatment of many types of cancer. In most cases, the earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances are of recovery. If a doctor fails to diagnose or misdiagnoses cancer, opportunities could be lost.

When misdiagnosis is the result of a doctor’s negligence or the negligence of another medical professional, the negligent party should be held accountable. At the law firm of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, we are here to make certain he or she is.

What Caused The Misdiagnosis Of Cancer?

In these cases, our Ohio cancer misdiagnosis attorneys conduct a thorough investigation to find out what went wrong. If we find that the doctor failed to do something that any other doctor would have done, such as order a mammogram or another cancer test, we will take action.

We frequently find that cancer could have been diagnosed if the doctor had ordered a mammogram or a pap smear, or conducted a standard prostate exam. In other cases, we discover that the proper tests were conducted, but they were either mishandled in the lab or misinterpreted by the doctor, leading to a misdiagnosis.

In Ohio and northern Kentucky, we serve as advocates in cases involving misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer of all types:

  • Breast cancer misdiagnosis
  • Prostate cancer misdiagnosis
  • Cervical cancer misdiagnosis
  • Colorectal cancer misdiagnosis
  • Melanoma misdiagnosis
  • Lymphoma misdiagnosis
  • Misdiagnosis of other types of cancer

Many types of cancer have a high survival rate, provided they are diagnosed and chemotherapy and other treatments are initiated immediately. When that does not happen because of medical malpractice, we take action.

Cancer Misdiagnosed As Another Medical Condition

Many types of cancer have symptoms that can be similar to those of other medical conditions. This can make a misdiagnosis possible if a doctor doesn’t conduct all necessary tests and carefully review all evidence. Some examples include:

  • Cancer misdiagnosed as kidney stones: Kidney stones and some types of urothelial cancer can cause blood in the urine and pain in the flank.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis: Bone pain and fatigue are the common symptoms.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as adenomyosis: Heavy bleeding and pelvic pain can be caused by adenomyosis, a non-cancerous uterine condition or by endometrial cancer.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as MS (multiple sclerosis): Neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling and weakness can be caused by both MS and brain tumors.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia: Widespread pain and fatigue are hallmarks of fibromyalgia, but they can also be symptoms of underlying cancer.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as anxiety: Unexplained weight loss, fatigue and changes in bowel habits can be caused by anxiety, but they can also be early signs of cancer.
  • Cancer misdiagnosed as fibroids: Pelvic pain and pressure can be caused by fibroids, benign uterine conditions or ovarian cancer.

No matter the nature of your case, we can help ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve for the harm caused by a missed or delayed cancer diagnosis.

Another Medical Condition Misdiagnosed As Cancer

It can also happen the other way around, where a doctor may provide a cancer diagnosis and initiate cancer treatment, only for the patient to later discover it was a different condition altogether.

This is a serious problem because cancer treatment itself can take a physical and emotional toll. Our Ohio cancer misdiagnosis attorneys can investigate misdiagnosis cases, including brain and lung cancer, to determine the root cause of your legal case.

Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. These individuals survived because of early and timely diagnosis, treatment and care by medical professionals.

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better your chances for recovery and survival. Without early treatment, you risk having the cancer metastasize or spread to other parts of your body.

You rely on your doctor and other medical professionals to properly diagnose your condition. If a medical professional fails to diagnose breast cancer, it can have a serious impact on your health and your future. It may also be malpractice.

Mammography Errors And Other Mistakes

The first step to bringing a malpractice claim is to determine the cause of your misdiagnosis. Did your doctor fail to follow common practices and procedures when performing your evaluation? Was there a mammography error that led to a misdiagnosis of your breast cancer?

Our attorneys often work with medical experts to understand the circumstances that led to our clients’ misdiagnosis. Through a careful review and collection of the evidence, we can help our clients pursue full and fair compensation for the injuries caused by the medical professional or facility as a result of a failure to diagnose breast cancer.

Do You Have Questions? Contact Us.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer that you believe should have been diagnosed and treated much earlier, our lawyers are here for you. We invite you to call 513-838-4562 in Cincinnati, 888-469-6437 in Dayton or Kentucky or email our law firm for an evaluation of your claim.