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Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer


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Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer

Medical malpractice can occur in many fields, one of them being a doctor or a hospital's delayed diagnosis of cancer. The standard of care that a doctor or other medical professional is measured against in a medical malpractice suit may be one of several types, but typically, the individual or institution will be compared with established procedures and behaviors in the same circumstances.

More than 12 percent of cancer cases are initially misdiagnosed, which can sometimes cause treatable types of cancer to become more difficult to treat or completely untreatable. In the instance of delayed diagnosis of cancer, the doctor or hospital who failed to diagnosis the disease, which lead to death or loss of the opportunity to better handle the cancer, will be compared to other doctors and hospitals who were given the same amount of information and time to handle a specific case. If upon comparison it becomes clear that this doctor or hospital acted in a manner that inconsistent with the norm established for diagnosis of cancer by the medical profession, you might have a medical malpractice suit.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis, contact the experienced Boston medical malpractice lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. today for a FREE consultation at 617-225-2100. Our attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of medical malpractice cases over the years. Our reputation often leads to a satisfactory settlement, but when you are not offered what you deserve, we are meticulously prepared to fight for your in court, hiring the best medical experts, if necessary, to testify on your behalf.

Doctors take an oath to provide the best possible care to their patients as possible. When a doctor abandons your trust and misses a critical diagnosis that could have potentially saved your life, they should be held liable for their negligence. We hold ALL medical professionals to the standard of care you deserve.

Factors Leading To Diagnosis Of Cancer
  • Failure to perform a diagnostic test which one is needed
  • Misinterpretation of test results
  • Inability to recognize a tumor
  • Incorrectly performed procedure
  • Malfunction of technology
  • Lost or switched lab results
  • Misread x-rays
Negligent Actions 

Failing to quickly diagnose cancer may be a result of the doctor’s negligence. Failing to diagnose cancer in time is legally a form of medical malpractice. Reasons that a doctor may fail to accurately diagnosis cancer in time are the following: malfunctions with technology, lab results that are switched or lost, X-rays that are misread, lack of patient referrals to correct medical sub-specialists, misinterpreted test results, or unrecognized tumors. 

Who is Liable for a Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer? 

Medical malpractice claims are brought against the medical professionals and doctors who are indicated as being considered negligent. We may file suit against the medical general practitioner, radiologists, specialists, surgeons, and manufacturers of malfunctioning equipment and technology. Delayed diagnosis of cancer cases are complex. These cases require a sophisticated legal team with a wealth of professional experience to help defend your case.
Consequences of a Delayed Diagnosis

A doctor’s inattention can cause a delayed diagnosis of cancer. A delayed cancer diagnosis can have devastating implications for the health of their patients. Doctors may place insufficient attention to important symptoms and may therefore fail to order appropriate tests or refer the patient to a specialist. A doctor’s inattention can cause them to fail to order appropriate tests or misinterpret lab results and diagnostic imaging. Diseases can progress so quickly, a late diagnosis can lead to exponential conditions and health issues. Delayed diagnosis results in an increased need for treatment and causes a higher risk of fatality.

If a you or a loved one have been harmed due to a hospital or doctor's delayed diagnosis of cancer, contact the Boston medical malpractice attorney at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. today at 617-225-2100 to discuss your options. Put our decades of experience and success in medical malpractice to work for you.


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