Nebraska Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Cancer misdiagnosis occurs in many medical malpractice cases, so it is important for doctors and patients to remain aware of the symptoms. Cancer misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or complete failure to diagnose can occur when a doctor does not recognize certain symptoms.
If the cancer is not detected right away, the option to save a life could be lost. Early detection is fundamental in fighting this disease. Patients with a missed diagnosis of cancer are more likely to suffer the dangerous effects of the disease along with the severe pain that comes from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. If you or a loved one suffered due to a cancer misdiagnosis, our experienced attorneys from Inkelaar Law could help analyze and evaluate the healthcare professional’s negligence at all stages of your case. Call today and schedule a consultation with a dedicated Nebraska cancer misdiagnosis lawyer.
Factors Leading to a Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cancer misdiagnosis is believed to occur from several different factors. Anything from the wrong test to bad equipment to the inexperience of the doctor can contribute to a delayed diagnosis. Whatever led to the misdiagnosis, a seasoned Nebraska cancer misdiagnosis attorney at Inkelaar Law could help you recover damages.
Testing and diagnosis equipment can cause misdiagnosis of cancer. Failure to diagnose often happens when a certain type of test does not indicate the presence of cancer cells from a patient’s tissue sample. Diagnostic medical equipment such as X-rays and MRIs may fail to indicate cancer in the patient.
Inaccurate Testing or No Testing
It is common that cancer could have been diagnosed if the doctor had ordered a mammogram or a pap smear or conducted a standard prostate exam. Sometimes, the proper tests were conducted, but they were either mishandled in the lab or misinterpreted by the physician, which led to a misdiagnosis.
Lack of Knowledge
Cancer misdiagnosis may occur despite timely action on the part of the doctor. This can happen due to the underlying lack of knowledge. While research continues to discover medical advancements in cancer, a lot of information about this disease is still unknown. However, a doctor can still be negligent if they do not know the information they should or fail to refer a patient to a specialist.
Physicians can make mistakes due to the hectic nature of their schedules. Most doctors only spend on average only 15 minutes with each patient, which leaves little time for in-depth discussions about their condition and making an accurate diagnosis more difficult.
Effective treatment options are typically reduced or eliminated when failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosis is found for any of the following malignancies:
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian and endometrial cancers
- Colorectal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Brain cancer
- Lung cancer and mesothelioma
- Skin cancer, especially melanoma
Proving Negligence in a Cancer Misdiagnosis Case
To prove a cancer misdiagnosis, you must prove that you were harmed because of the negligence of the medical professional. To determine negligence, you must prove that the healthcare professional failed to provide the same level of care that is reasonably expected in similar circumstances. Our skilled attorneys experienced in cancer misdiagnosis cases could help you determine liability.
Contact a Nebraska Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney
The legal issues of a medical malpractice claim can be complicated. If you have been harmed due to a misdiagnosis of cancer or due to a failure to diagnose cancer in time, you may need to contact a Nebraska cancer misdiagnosis lawyer. Our lawyers at Inkelaar Law could help determine liability in your case and assist you in obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries. Call today to learn more.