Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains Why a Cancer Misdiagnosis is Potentially Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice
It does not take a medical degree to know that cancer must be detected early and treated aggressively. Sometimes this is possible when a patient seeks timely help for troubling symptoms and healthcare providers take the complaints seriously. Other times a patient delays treatment for too long and even the most astute healthcare providers cannot save a patient. But, unfortunately, there is another scenario where patients timely go to healthcare providers who either ignore, misdiagnosis, or otherwise fail to treat a patient’s cancer. Sometimes the cancer is very obviously present, yet healthcare providers still fail to treat it in an early and aggressive manner. This type of cancer misdiagnosis or delay in treatment could be due to Oregon medical medical.
Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know just how catastrophic this scenario could possibly be. Victims and their families who have had their cancer misdiagnosed or delayed in diagnosis could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed. Sometimes the suffering from a victim of a cancer misdiagnosis could have been completely avoided. Learn about cancer misdiagnosis and how this type of catastrophic injury could result in significant suffering.
Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice
There are many reasons why a patient’s cancer might be misdiagnosed or not timely treated due to medical malpractice. Many times these reasons are completely avoidable and preventable. Some of the most common examples of medical malpractice resulting in delays in treating cancer include the following:
- Not taking a patient’s complaints seriously;
- Ignoring the obvious signs of cancer;
- Failing to order the appropriate tests;
- Misreading test results or misinterpreting test results;
- Failing to advise patients of test results;
- Medication errors;
- Communication errors between providers;
- Improper tests;
- Failing to perform timely surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation; and
- Many other negligent errors.
Damages from Delaying in Treating Cancer
The most obvious danger in failing to timely treat cancer is wrongful death. This is because cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the rest of the world. Any lapses in proper treatment will cause serious personal injuries like wrongful death.
But even if a patients cancer grows significantly and, while causing serious damage to a patient, it is ultimately treated and brought into remission, the patient still has damages. This includes worse surgeries, longer chemotherapy, more radiation, and more time lost from work (lost wages).
While these are all important claims, one of the most important claim to protect your rights is the fact that a delay in treating cancer can also increase 1) the risk of cancer returning, and 2) the risk of the cancer being more deadly. This requires an expert to help prove, and is a very serious claim to add into any cancer misdiagnosis case. In fact, many times this increased risk of a more lethal cancer is the most valuable claim to bring before a court or jury.
Catastrophic Personal Injury Caused by Delays in Treating Cancer From Oregon Medical Malpractice
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.