Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers Fort Lauderdale
Palm Beach County Personal Injury Lawyers Fight to Obtain Justice for Clients Suffering Because of a Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
Any medically indicated treatment plan is most effective when the relevant disease is identified as early as possible, and cases involving cancer are especially time-sensitive. Any type of delay in identifying your cancer can cause substantial pain and suffering, and even death, as the disease will continue to grow and spread without proper treatment. When a delay in diagnosis was caused by your doctor or other medical professional, you have the right to hold that person accountable.
Cancer is serious, and our lawyers take delayed cancer diagnosis and cancer misdiagnosis cases just as seriously. We have successfully recovered over $100 million in compensation for our clients over the years, and have a reputation in the community for providing strong, aggressive and effective legal representation to our South Florida clients who have suffered as a result of a physician’s lack of care.
Establishing a Physician’s Liability in Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Cases
Like any other area of medical malpractice, an unfavorable outcome in a cancer case is not always the fault of the treating physician, nurses or hospital, and your medical team cannot always be held responsible financially. While it is the patient’s responsibility to seek out regular medical attention, the physician is required to provide a diagnosis that is both timely and correct—a misdiagnosis of cancer (for example, a finding that you suffered cancer of the liver rather than pancreatic cancer) can be just as dangerous as a delayed diagnosis. A delayed cancer diagnosis can occur because of:
- Failure to conduct a breast exam or mammogram when called for,
- Unreasonable failure to identify a lump during a physical exam,
- Failure to order biopsies, ultrasounds, bloodwork, and other diagnostic tests when indicated,
- Misplaced or misinterpreted test results,
- Improper interpretation of symptoms,
- Failure to effectively communicate with the patient,
- Failure to identify the proper stage of the cancer,
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist when indicated.
Establishing liability on the part of your doctor or medical team requires:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed between you and the physician in question,
- Under the circumstances, a reasonable physician would have diagnosed the cancer, and
- The delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis caused the cancer to worsen, decreased your chances of survival or required more serious treatment.
Skilled Medical Negligence Lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey Fight for Clients Harmed by Delayed Cancer Diagnosis in South Florida
Advances in medical technology make it significantly more likely that you or your loved one will survive your cancer diagnosis, but early diagnosis remains key to a successful medical outcome. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our team of lawyers are committed to holding medical professionals accountable to the fullest extent of the law when their failure to properly diagnosis cancer causes our clients undue pain and suffering. We will fight to obtain justice in your case by maximizing the amount of compensation to which you are entitled, which may include compensation for:
- The increased cost of medical care required because of the misdiagnosis,
- Pain and suffering caused by more invasive or detrimental treatment requirements,
- Lost wages resulting from the unnecessarily invasive treatments,
- Costs associated with wrongful death, including loss of support, loss of consortium and funeral expenses.
Contact Our Dedicated Medical Malpractice Lawyers to Schedule a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Claim Today
If you believe you suffered harm, or lost a loved one, because of a delayed cancer diagnosis in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, call our offices today or fill out this online form to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your options. Our lawyers are also available to come to your South Florida hospital or home to discuss your case if you are not feeling well enough to travel to our offices. Remember, under Florida law, you generally have only two years to file a medical malpractice claim for compensation related to your delayed cancer diagnosis, so contact our team as soon as possible so that we can go to work in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Lauderdale Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Claims
The answer to this question depends upon the facts and circumstances of your case. One of the primary issues in your case will be determining who was at fault for the misdiagnosis. This can be the doctor, a radiologist charged with reading lab results, or even the lab that may have misplaced or mixed up your results.
We will analyze your medical records and the situation in consultation with medical experts to gather evidence to establish that, based on your symptoms or test results, a reasonable doctor would have identified the cancer or risk of cancer. Doctors are highly trained for a reason—they literally hold lives in their hands. Because of this, the medical community has developed standards to which physicians must adhere. Every delayed cancer diagnosis case will involve investigating to determine whether the doctor lived up to his or her duty in this respect. Every case is different, and we have the resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine whether your doctor’s behavior was serious enough to constitute malpractice.
In most cases, the treatment program for cancer is much more effective and less invasive if the cancer is caught early on, but defense attorneys frequently employ this tactic in trying to intimidate victims so that they will not pursue a claim for compensation. The results of any cancer diagnosis and treatment cannot be predicted with absolute certainty, but our attorneys will consult with medical experts to determine what your doctor did do, what a reasonable doctor should have done, and we will formulate an estimate of the variance in results that occurred because of your doctor’s failure to act appropriately under the circumstances.