Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Can Have Serious Consequences
If you suspect that a doctor has misdiagnosed your cancer or the cancer in a loved one or family member, then you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can review the case to determine if in fact a doctor was negligent in missing the diagnosis. More importantly if the misdiagnosis resulted in a delay that sufficiently caused the patient's prognosis to change from a curable stage to an incurable stage.
It's important for the attorney handling such a case to obtain all the pertinent medical records concerning the care and treatment, imaging studies if appropriate, and have those records and imaging studies reviewed by one or more experts in the field of the doctor who was providing the care. They can then comment as to whether or not there was a delay in diagnosis, meaning that there was a misdiagnosis, and more importantly that that misdiagnosis substantially, adversely effected the patient's overall prognosis.
There are cases where there is a delay in diagnosis, but the interval of time is so short that the patient's prognosis is not adversely affected. However, there are other cases in which the delay is significant and it allows the cancer to continue to grow and at the same time change the stage from what had been a curable stage to an incurable stage. Those are the types of cases that an experienced medical malpractice attorney would take on and represent the patient or family against the doctor or other professionals involved in the care of the patient.
If you have any questions concerning whether or not there was a delay and did that delay result in injury to the patient or yourself, you should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate the circumstances of the case and advise you whether or not it would be appropriate to pursue a medical malpractice case. If you or a loved one have suffered from medical malpractice, and you'd like to speak to an experienced San Jose medical malpractice attorney, please contact the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard for a consultation today at (408) 289-1417.