When Your Doctor Fails To Diagnose A Serious Illness
The misdiagnosis of a disease, illness or medical condition can be a devastating experience for the patient and his or her family. If you have lost a loved one because of misdiagnosis, we can help.
At The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., we help individuals and families who are facing a misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of a medical condition. Our medical malpractice attorneys provide experienced and effective legal services to the people of Colorado and Wyoming.
Pursuing A Case For Misdiagnosis
In many circumstances, a timely diagnosis can prevent an illness from progressing, even saving a life. Misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition can be the result of a single act of negligence or can be the culmination of several events. Mistakes can include:
- Lab errors
- Miscommunication among medical staff
- Misread charts
- Misread results
- Radiological errors
- Failure to inform the patient of the condition
Our firm has the knowledge and resources to fully investigate and uncover the negligent act. We can also discuss with you our role in pursuing a wrongful death settlement.
Undiagnosed Blood Clots Can Be Deadly
For those who have undergone an orthopedic surgery, there is the distinct possibility of a pulmonary embolism. When people are immobile or in a cast, there is a risk for blood clots to develop in their legs. If a blood clots in the legs and breaks free and travels to the heart or lungs, a pulmonary embolism may be the result. Simply put, the blood clot can block an artery in the lungs, causing permanent lung damage, low blood oxygen levels, damage to bodily organs or even death.
When found in a timely manner, blood clots can be effectively treated. However, when doctors overlook a blood clot, it can place a patient’s life in serious danger of death by pulmonary embolism. Overlooking or failing to diagnose a medical condition such as a blood clot can occur through a variety of acts of negligence.
Failure To Diagnose Cancer Has Devastating Consequences
When cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, the prognosis for beating it is positive. However, the longer cancer goes undetected, the higher the chances that the patient will not survive. Failure to diagnose cancer is a medical mistake that can be devastating to patients and their families.
We have a wealth of knowledge and experience representing victims of doctors’ failures to diagnose cancer. We help those affected by cancers including the following:
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
- Skin cancer (melanoma)
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Cervical cancer
Our medical negligence team has the experience and commitment to aggressively pursue compensation for a late cancer diagnosis. If you have lost a loved one because of a physician’s failure to diagnose cancer, consider us for legal help.
The Importance Of Diagnosing Breast Cancer Early
As a result of advances in technology, breast cancer found early can receive effective treatment. However, a doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer robs patients of that opportunity. A doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer can take many forms. Some of the situations in which those doctors may be held liable include:
- Failing to detect a lump during a breast cancer screening
- Failing to order a mammogram in response to a lump detection
- Failing to diagnose breast cancer as a result of improperly reading a mammogram’s results
- Not ordering proper follow-up tests, such as a biopsy
- Misdiagnosis of breast cancer by improperly reading a biopsy’s results
If you lost a loved one as a result of a doctor’s failure to diagnosis breast cancer, our medical malpractice lawyers can discuss your options for pursuing a wrongful death case. We have extensive experience helping patients and families obtain compensation for the injuries they sustained because of a failure to diagnose breast cancer.
Complications Caused By Failure To Diagnose Cervical Cancer
A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a disease, illness or medical condition robs you of valuable time and options for treatment. Our medical negligence lawyers provide experienced and effective legal services to victims of failures to diagnose cervical cancer and their families.
A doctor may be liable for a failure to diagnose cervical cancer if you are showing symptoms of the disease, and he or she:
- Failed to read your medical history regarding cervical cancer in your family
- Neglected to perform a thorough Pap exam
- Failed to order the right diagnostic test to determine the type of cancer you had
- Misread your Pap smear results
When a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cervical cancer leads to a death in your family, our experienced attorneys can discuss whether pursuing a wrongful death case is right for you. If you or a family member was impacted by a doctor’s failure to diagnose cervical cancer, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Holding Doctors Accountable For Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
A doctor’s failure to diagnose lung cancer or a lung cancer misdiagnosis is a betrayal of the trust that you hold in your doctor. A failure to diagnose lung cancer early in its progression could mean the loss of time to provide valuable, life-saving treatments. We have handled many medical malpractice cases in Colorado and Wyoming in which doctors were negligent in their diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a lung cancer patient. Our experienced attorneys work to hold negligent physicians accountable for their wrongdoings. We also work to negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company’s attorneys, who represent the doctors and hospitals involved in your medical malpractice claim.
When Skin Cancer Is Not Diagnosed
Colorado has one of the highest rates of skin cancer and malignant melanoma in the world. Due to Colorado’s high altitude, individuals of all ages are more at risk for developing skin cancer here than in other areas. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, not just the elderly. Our firm has handled many skin cancer cases involving patients in their 20s and 30s. One particularly deadly type of skin cancer is malignant melanoma. Skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, is highly curable if diagnosed in its early stages. If a diagnosis is late, the prognosis for survival is grim.
Many people are wrongly diagnosed by doctors who have failed to recognize skin cancer. Whether there was a misdiagnosis from the beginning or the diagnosis was accurate but doctors failed to remove enough of the affected area, patients suffer from the errors. Some doctors fail to diagnose skin cancer and fail to send their patients to dermatologists and other specialists. Even if a doctor accurately diagnoses skin cancer and removes an area of skin, many times they don’t remove the margins, or the tissue surrounding the cancer that may also be affected.
Have you or a loved one been wrongly diagnosed when you actually had skin cancer? Were you treated for skin cancer, but your physician failed to remove the entire affected area? We seek maximum compensation for clients dealing with the misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis of skin cancer.
Make Your Free Consultation About Misdiagnosis Today
Has your health or the health of someone you care about been impacted by the misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of a medical condition? Please contact a lawyer from The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., today to arrange your complimentary case evaluation. Please call us at 303-800-3168 or send us an email to schedule your complimentary case evaluation and learn how we can help you.