Delay in Cancer Diagnosis

Medical Malpractice Attorney in Connecticut

A delay in the diagnosis of cancer can reduce patient survival rates and even cause death. But while many people consider any delay in medical diagnosis to be medical malpractice, a delay in cancer diagnosis-even a lengthy delay-doesn't automatically mean that medical malpractice occurred. The law requires that the delay be a mistake, or deviation from the standard of care, that also causes significant, permanent harm to a patient.

To have a medical malpractice case, you must prove to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the delay in diagnosis affected a patient's prognosis. If a patient's outcome would have been the same regardless of the mistake, then according to the law, it is not malpractice.

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Types of Cancer Diagnosis Claims We Handle

Determining medical malpractice in a cancer diagnosis claim requires complicated analysis that depends on the exact type and stage of cancer. Our Connecticut medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your information, discuss it with our network of expert physicians, and work with you to determine whether or not you have a case. We handle a wide range of cases, such as delayed prostate cancer diagnosis, delay in diagnosis of colon cancer, and delay in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of squamous cell cancer of the tongue.

Delay in Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women. Common factors for delayed diagnosis of breast cancer include:

  • Breast tissue masses are determined to be benign before a biopsy is performed
  • Initial, fine-needle mass aspirations don't reveal any cancer cells, but follow-up aspirations of the same masses are positive for cancer
  • Slides of breast cancer cells are misread as benign
  • Mammograms read as negative for cancer, but cancer is present

Delay in Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

With early diagnosis, surgical treatment of lung cancer may be effective. Many reasons for delayed diagnosis include:

  • Inadequate evaluation by a physician
  • Failure of the doctor to act on an abnormal chest X-ray report
  • Confusion or misdiagnosis with other diseases, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis, and fibrosis
  • Failure to communicate with patients, family, laboratories, or other involved doctors
  • Failure to obtain prior X-rays for comparison

Delay in Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a disease where early diagnosis is critical for increasing the chances of survival. But many patients don't receive proper testing because doctors don't order the correct tests in time.

Failure to diagnose ovarian cancer in a timely manner can result from the following:

  • Failure to perform ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see if a pelvic mass or ovarian cyst is present
  • Failure to perform blood tests (such as CA 125)
  • Mistakes by pathologists in interpreting tissue samples
  • Symptoms are misidentified as related to less serious problems

Delay in Diagnosis / Misdiagnosis of Skin Cancer or Melanoma

If you or a loved one experienced a delayed cancer diagnosis, you may have a legal claim. Turn to our Connecticut medical malpractice lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers today. We're here to stand up to negligent medical professionals.

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