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Know what to do when doctors fail to diagnose cancer

| Nov 20, 2015 | Medical Malpractice

Battling cancer is hard enough, but learning that the disease had the chance to worsen due to a diagnostic error can be devastating. Our Connecticut attorneys at Beebe and O’Neil know that when it comes to cancer, time is of the essence. You should know what to do to prove that medical professionals made an error in diagnosing your condition.

You may be wondering how a trained physician can miss the signs or symptoms of cancer. There are three main ways that any condition could be misdiagnosed, and those are the following:

  •           The physician completely misses the illness.
  •           The physician misidentifies the illness.
  •           The physician makes a delayed diagnosis.

Most doctors will essentially make a list of possible items that could be causing your symptoms. If the physician either omits cancer or lists it but fails to rule it out through further testing, you may have a case.

When it comes to cancer, any of these events is potentially deadly. As the American Cancer Society points out, cancer is most curable in its early stages. Therefore, getting an accurate diagnosis can be the difference between life and death.

Fortunately, Connecticut law enables you to hold negligent doctors accountable for the misdiagnosis when the error leads to a condition that may not have otherwise resulted. To prove your case, you will need to demonstrate that another doctor under similar circumstances would have considered cancer as a possible cause to your symptoms and ordered further testing. 

Our attorneys have the resources to thoroughly investigate medical malpractice claims. For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding personal injury lawsuits.


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