Was Your Cancer Misdiagnosed?
There are few medical conditions where early diagnosis and treatment are more important than when you have cancer. If detected early, many types of cancer can be successfully treated. Once cancer has metastasized, however, the prognosis is far less hopeful.
At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., in Miami, Florida, our medical malpractice attorneys handle cases of misdiagnosis of cancer and other serious diseases. We hold medical professionals accountable when their mistakes harm patients and their families. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, call 305-744-5888.
Did My Doctor Commit Medical Malpractice?
Whether or not your doctor committed medical malpractice will depend on whether he or she did everything that a reasonably prudent doctor in your area would have done. For example:
- Did your doctor take the time to check you for visible signs of illness?
- Did your doctor recommend appropriate cancer screening tests?
- Did your doctor observe symptoms of cancer but misdiagnose them?
- Did the lab that performed screening tests do its job correctly?
- Did your doctor correctly interpret lab test results and inform you promptly?
To have a case of medical malpractice, both of the following must be true:
- Your doctor had an opportunity to diagnose your cancer but failed to do so.
- The delay in your cancer diagnosis made a difference in the outcome.
Some forms of cancer are so virulent that early diagnosis and treatment may not make a significant difference in the length and quality of a patient’s life. Other forms of cancer, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma, are usually survivable if treated before cancer spreads.