Delayed diagnosis of cancer is the leading culprit in the category of delayed diagnosis that we see in medical malpractice cases. When a doctor ignores the warning signs of cancer, or fails to order the correct tests, then the patient may lose their life or health as a result of medical malpractice. Early diagnosis of cancer is the key to survival for many forms of cancer. Delay in diagnosis is as a related form of diagnostic error. It is defined as a non-optimal interval of time between the onset of symptoms, identification, and initiation of treatment. Examples may be medication, lab work, physical therapy and the list goes on. (see The Joint Commissions’ Office of Quality and Safety)
Upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer, undergoing cancer treatment can be a long and arduous process. The treatment of cancer should begin soon after diagnosis, but for many cancers, it is possible to wait a few weeks to begin treatment. Getting a second opinion may be recommended. The diagnosis of cancer is scary for any patient. But a delay in diagnosis can result in decreased chances of survival. It can also cause a more difficult and protracted treatment process. By seeking the best medical treatment, you can avoid a delayed cancer diagnosis, which we often see in our clients’ medical malpractice cases.
Sadly, many of the medical malpractice cases our firm handles involve the death or sever injury related to pregnancy. According to ProPublica, an independent and non-profit investigative journal, there are an estimated 700-900 women that died from pregnancy related causes in the year 2016. ProPublica’s article, “Lost Mothers,” claims to have identified 134 of these mothers.
According to statistics, seven out of every 1000 children in the United States are born with a birth injury. And in 2006 out of 4.3 million childbirths that happened in a hospital, an estimated 157,000 mothers and babies suffered injuries that could have been avoided. Most of those injuries are caused during a natural childbirth and are mainly caused by medical instruments. Most of these injuries fall under medical malpractice, and medical negligence.
Cases of hospital negligence can result in serious injuries and, in some cases, patient death. If you or someone in your family has been injured because of hospital negligence, you may have the right to file a lawsuit. The results could entitle you to receive compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses.