Failure to Diagnose Cancer Lawsuits

Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Nearly every form of cancer, if detected early enough, can be treated. It is possible that cancer caught at a later stage can also be treated, but late-diagnosis generally requires much more physically invasive and financially debilitating treatments. The sad truth is, advanced-stage cancer is often untreatable and will result in the untimely death of its victim.

When your doctor fails to read test results appropriately or fails to order them in the first place, and you suffer as a result, you may be able to recover compensation in a failure to diagnose claim. At The Cochran Firm DC, our experienced attorneys represent people who were injured by negligent healthcare providers who failed to diagnose cancer in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Common Causes of Failure to Diagnose Cancer

During your annual exams your doctor should check for signs of cancer. In addition, when you visit your doctor due to tumor-like abnormalities you are experiencing, cancer should always be ruled out as a possible cause. Because cancer is so invasive and can have myriad symptoms, most medical practitioners choose to test for cancer at the first sign of abnormal, tumor-like growths.

There are several reasons cancer can go undiagnosed. Some of the most common medical errors include:

  • Failure of a physician to properly detect signs of cancer
  • Failure of a physician to order appropriate tests
  • Failure of a physician to refer you to an expert
  • Failure of a radiologist to interpret imaging suggesting a cancerous mass
  • Failure of a pathologist to properly interpret tissue samples

You deserve the standard of medical care expected in our country. When you are not provided with this level of care, you deserve an aggressive medical malpractice attorney who will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the treatment and compensation you will require to combat this debilitating disease.

If you or a loved one is suffering from advanced cancer after a medical professional’s failure to diagnose your disease in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia, please contact the experienced failure to diagnose cancer attorneys at The Cochran Firm DC to schedule a free initial consultation today. Our live support representatives are available to hear the details of your case 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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