According to the American Medical Association, diagnostic errors result in as many as 80,000 deaths each year. Around 12% of U.S. cancer patients are misdiagnosed a year. The highest rates of misdiagnosis involve breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer.
Delay in diagnosis allows tumors to grow.
Any cancer diagnosis is frightening. If the diagnosis is delayed, it adds needless harm to an already difficult situation. Allowing a tumor time to grow is never the right thing to do. Chances of survival can go down and treatment gets more difficult.
A Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Evaluate The Case.
A cancer misdiagnosis lawyer will look at each case to see if one can bring the claim. Generally, the most difficult question is to determine whether an earlier diagnosis would have changed the patient’s prognosis. A medical malpractice lawyer, in consultation with oncology specialists, can determine whether the delay in treating a specific cancer caused a loss that can be proven in a Florida court.
If you have questions about medical malpractice concerning a misdiagnosis, or delay in diagnosis, of cancer, feel free to contact me.