cancer-misdiagnosis

If a doctor did not diagnose your cancer in time, our lawyers can help

Diagnostic errors have the potential to be disastrous in a patient’s life. For cancer patients in particular, a timely and accurate diagnosis is critical. The sooner cancer is diagnosed, the quicker the patient can receive proper treatment and the better the prognosis. The difference between Stage I and Stage 4 of the disease is incredible—delaying a diagnosis could very well mean the difference between life and death.

At the Baltimore and Washington D.C. law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., our attorneys represent clients whose cancer diagnosis was negligently delayed. Our team works with a group of board-certified experts to establish a firm case for medical malpractice against the health care professional who caused you or a loved one harm. We serve clients in Washington D.C. and throughout the greater Baltimore, Maryland area including Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Rockville, Greenbelt, Annapolis, and Columbia.

Was my doctor legally negligent in delaying a diagnosis?

When diagnosing a patient, doctors have the duty to take the proper steps to ensure their patients receive a correct assessment of their medical condition. However, a delayed diagnosis in itself may not be enough to prove medical malpractice. You must show that:

  • The doctor failed in his or her duty to provide adequate care
  • That failure resulted in direct harm to the patient; and
  • There is direct causation between the negligent act and the patient’s injuries

When our attorneys review your case, we examine your medical history to establish a link between the harms caused and the doctor’s negligence. In a case of delayed cancer diagnosis, our lawyers establish that you would have had a better treatment outcome had you been diagnosed earlier.

How delays in cancer diagnoses occur

Failure to diagnose can occur in most any type of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. A health care provider may miss a diagnosis because he or she assumes the patient’s symptoms are related to a less serious condition. The doctor may fail to:

  • Order appropriate scans, including a CAT scan or an MRI
  • Order the correct blood workup
  • Properly interpret an x-ray, CAT scan, or colonoscopy
  • Biopsy or test a tumor
  • Follow up with a patient

A doctor might also misread test results or scans or misinterpret signs and symptoms as being related to a less serious condition. Doctors must perform their due diligence in ruling out or confirming all potentially serious medical problems.

How we can help

Schochor, Federico and Staton has a history of success in litigating cancer misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis cases. In one case handled by our attorneys, the Plaintiff was treated for 14 months for bilateral mixed hearing loss, chronic serous otitis media, and a deviated septum after complaining of a clogged ear and hearing loss. After treatment failed to improve the Plaintiff’s symptoms, he went for a second opinion and received a terminal diagnosis of nasopharyngeal cancer. Our medical malpractice lawyers helped the victim receive a $700,000 settlement from the negligent doctor.

This tragic example is just one of many. Our lawyers may be able to represent you if you or a loved one has also been a victim of a delayed diagnosis.

If your cancer diagnosis was delayed, speak with one of our talented medical malpractice lawyers today in Washington D.C. or Baltimore 

Patients and families harmed by a delayed cancer diagnosis should hold the negligent doctors legally accountable in a court of law. To learn more about the services Schochor, Federico and Staton has to offer, please contact us today at 410-234-1000. We serve clients in Washington D.C. and throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Rockville, Greenbelt, Annapolis, and Columbia.