The word “cancer” is everyone’s worst fear. Especially when it is someone’s own doctor telling him or her that is the diagnosis he or she has. No matter what type of cancer, it is always going to be a tough battle for a patient and his or her family. It is also going to be something that must constantly be watched and checked again for reoccurrence.
When a patient undergoes screening to test for cancer, including for a suspicious lesion, bump, or other condition, a patient expects that the healthcare professional will do the test correctly. After all, that is what we are paying for! We trust our doctors, and when a doctor gives us the all clear, we expect that it is correct.
However, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, cancer misdiagnosis cases are some of the most common types of medical malpractice. Most healthcare providers will try to wiggle out of a cancer misdiagnosis too. A lot of times the healthcare provider will say that the patient already had cancer, so they didn’t cause the condition.
But shouldn’t a healthcare provider who fails to diagnose cancer be liable?
A doctor who misdiagnoses cancer can be liable for medical malpractice. This includes not only what damages are caused by the health condition, but also what conditions are allowed to fester and continue to become worse.
With cancer misdiagnosis cases, the largest damage is, even if it is 100% treated and abated before it kills a patient, the reoccurrence rate. Many times the reoccurrence rate is significantly higher if the cancer is allowed to fester without treatment for a long time. The reoccurrence rate is also much more likely to be fatal and result in the death of a patient—no matter what type of treatment the patient gets or how quickly the reoccurred cancer is caught.
This is why it is medical malpractice when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer and it is allowed to grow and become more pervasive in a patient’s body. The patient pays a doctor to check, and when it is missed it results in serious damages which can result in damages. That is textbook negligence and allows a victim to be compensated.
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