Failure to Diagnose Cancer
We go to doctors so that they can diagnose our medical conditions and recommend the right treatment plan. In some situations, right here in Portland, doctors may fail to diagnose a serious medical condition and, therefore, you will not receive the treatment you need in a timely manner. This is especially true if you have cancer that was not diagnosed.
Cancer research and treatment are improving and Portland cancer centers have benefiting from this progress. However, if your cancer was not diagnosed, you may not benefit from these new treatments as you will likely receive no cancer treatment at all. If this happens, your cancer can worsen quickly and, by the time it is correctly discovered, your survival rate may be low even with cutting-edge treatments.
If you have suffered harm because your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer, you should call Portland medical malpractice lawyer Marc A. Johnston today. Attorney Johnston understands how devastating a late cancer diagnosis can be and we will stand up for your rights to recover.
Helping You Recover For Your Losses
Many different losses can result from a failed diagnosis of cancer, including the following:
- Increased medical costs due to the need for more aggressive treatment or due to complications that developed;
- Lost income from missing work due to increased symptoms due to late diagnosis;
- Physical pain and suffering from later-stage cancer;
- The emotional trauma of facing progressed cancer and knowing you were not properly diagnosed;
- Wrongful death if the cancer was not treatable due to time elapsed before diagnosis.
Whether you are a patient who was not diagnosed or whether you have lost a loved one due to a failed diagnosis, you deserve to recover for the above losses and more.
Do You Have a Claim?
Just because your cancer was not diagnosed right away does not necessarily mean that you have the right to recover. Instead, you must prove that the failure to diagnose constituted medical malpractice and negligence on the part of the doctor.
If you had rare or fluctuating symptoms that would be difficult for any doctor to identify or recognize, the failure to diagnose your cancer may have been an honest mistake. Doctors will not be held liable for honest mistakes, since everyone makes errors, including medical professionals. However, if a reasonable doctor would have performed certain tests and your doctor failed to do so, the doctor may be found negligent and you will have the right to seek compensation for your losses.
Discuss Your Case With a Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Medical malpractice cases can be extremely complicated and doctors have insurance companies waiting in the wings that will fight to avoid liability whenever possible. At the Johnston Law Firm, our Portland failure to diagnose cancer attorneys have the experience and resources needed to take on this type of complex case. We can help you obtain the recovery you deserve for your doctor’s negligence, so please call our team at (503) 546-3167 for help as soon as possible.