Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland Attorneys Advocate for Victims When Colon Cancer Goes Misdiagnosed
Colon cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with a 92% survival rate if diagnosed at Stage One. According to the American Cancer Institute, this high rate of survival generally decreases with delayed diagnosis. While patients can do their part to promote early detection through regular checkups, they are still dependent on their doctors to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis before the cancer advances to a late stage. When physicians fail to meet this expectation, the result can prove deadly. If your colon cancer diagnosis was missed or delayed, experienced Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys secure compensation for your injuries. Contact Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for the representation your case deserves.
The Misdiagnosis of Colon Cancer
Colon cancer patients may experience a number of symptoms before a formal diagnosis is made. These include:
- Diarrhea or constipation lasting for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
- Dark-colored stools or blood in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Unintended weight loss
When a patient visits a doctor with these symptoms, it is the physician’s duty to fully evaluate the patient and order appropriate tests. Failing to undertake adequate testing, inaccurately reading test results, or failing to order new tests in response to unclear results can all lead to a colon cancer misdiagnosis and a delay in vital treatment.
Proving Physician Liability
As with any cancer, the development of colon cancer while under a physician’s care is not solely sufficient grounds for a medical malpractice claim. A patient must also adequately demonstrate the existence of symptoms and the doctor’s failure to properly diagnose them in a timely manner.
To hold a physician liable for misdiagnosis of colon cancer, the following elements must be proven:
- The physician had a duty to diagnose the cancer in a timely fashion after the patient presented with symptoms.
- The physician breached that duty by not taking steps to diagnose the condition.
- The advancement of the cancer caused injury, possibly transforming the cancer from a curable condition to an incurable one.
- The injury is causally related to the physician’s failure to properly diagnose the colon cancer.
Proving a medical malpractice claim requires a number of complex medical and legal arguments. Do not take on this important task without reliable guidance from knowledgeable Maryland and Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys.
Rely on the Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. to Advocate for Your Rights
If you or a family member experienced a colon cancer misdiagnosis while under the care of Baltimore, Washington DC, or Maryland physician, contact the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for compassionate, yet aggressive representation. Call our office today at 410-234-1000 for a consultation.