Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Chicago, IL
The American Cancer Society estimates that around 1.7 million cases of cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. However, many of these cases are misdiagnosed or diagnosed long after the doctor should have detected the disease. Because of this, patients who have been misdiagnosed with cancer receive unnecessary treatment or their chance of survival may be greatly diminished.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Curcio Law Offices are committed to helping those who have suffered undue harm or lost a loved one due to medical error, misdiagnosis, or delayed cancer diagnosis.
Contact us today to speak with an attorney–your initial consultation is absolutely free. We serve clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois.
If you believe that your health has been impacted by the specific form of medical error, you deserve to have a professional review and investigate your case and explain your legal options to you.
What is Misdiagnosis?
Misdiagnosis is when a medical professional offers a prognosis, based on the symptoms presented, along with tests performed, but the prognosis ends up being incorrect--the condition is actually something else.
Cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional delivers the wrong cancer diagnosis. This could either mean that they diagnose your cancer symptoms as another illness or they miss your cancer symptoms entirely.
How Often Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?
Between medical advances and the weight of a cancer diagnosis, many truly believe that a cancer misdiagnosis could not occur. However, it does--frequently, in fact!
According to a study by the National Coalition on Health Care, 60% of the doctors surveyed believe that misdiagnosis exists in anywhere from 0-10% of all cases!
In contrast a study by BMJ journal shows that 28% of cancer cases involve misdiagnosis.
Why Do Doctors Misdiagnose?
Doctors, primary care physicians, oncologists, as well as other specialists may be responsible for the failure to make an accurate and timely cancer diagnosis. The medical malpractice attorneys at Curcio Law Offices can help you obtain your medical records and consult with medical experts to determine when and how the error occurred.
Possible errors or negligence that could have led to a missed cancer diagnosis include the physician, oncologist, surgeon or specialist failure to:
- spend enough time analyzing your symptoms
- refer you to a specialist/second opinion who had more resources available to help
- obtain or evaluate your entire medical history
- correctly communicate important medical information
- accurately interpret your test results
- order the correct test
- collect adequate or relevant genetic information
How to Sue a Hospital for Wrong Diagnosis?
Both patients and their families suffer severe physical, emotional and financial trauma from the cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer.
If you are diagnosed with cancer but don't have the disease, this can lead to costly and unnecessary medical treatment, all while the treatable condition goes unaddressed.
Also, if a cancer diagnosis is missed, the disease progresses to more advanced stages of cancer. The longer this happens, the more the treatment options and chances of survival are reduced.
If you've been hurt or lost a loved one due to a cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer, you have every right to seek recovery for your losses either through a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim.
To pursue any medical malpractice claim in Illinois, you must submit an affidavit from a medical professional who has affirmed that your claim has merit.
Contact a Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer Serving Chicago, IL
A Chicago medical malpractice attorney with experience handling claims surrounding cancer misdiagnosis and delayed cancer diagnosis can guide you through the litigation or settlement process in a cancer misdiagnosis claim. Curcio Law Offices can help.