Cincinnati Medical Malpractice Lawyer investigates Cancer Misdiagnosis lawsuits and Ohio Hospital Negligence
In a national study conducted in 2017, more than 20 percent of cancer patients who sought a second opinion at an advanced medical institution had been first misdiagnosed by their primary care providers. Only a small portion of cancer patients who visited the Mayo Clinic for a second opinion had received the exact same initial diagnosis. Cancer diagnosis discrepancies are rather alarming, considering about 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Cancer misdiagnosis can come about in different ways, including a diagnosis of cancer when that person in fact does not have cancer; a delay in diagnosing cancer, which is concerning in fast progressing cancers; and a misclassified cancer. A failure to diagnose cancer, a wrong diagnosis of cancer (a false positive), and misclassified cancer can each be considered medical malpractice and may be grounds for cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Medical Malpractice Lawyer and Ohio Hospital Negligence Attorney reviewing plaintiffs’ cancer cases and handling cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits.
Common Types of Misdiagnosed Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical or Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin Cancer and Melanoma
- Testicular Cancer
- Kidney or Renal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
Explaining Cancer Misdiagnoses & Negligence
When there is a suspicion of cancer through symptoms, a routine physical examination, or the specific results of cancer screening and laboratory tests, it is a medical professional’s responsibility to do everything to make a correct diagnosis. Cancer may be misdiagnosed in different ways, including:
- A failure to perform a thorough physical exam
- A failure to consult medical and health history
- Failure to follow up or communicate with patient
- Failure to recognize cancer signs and symptoms
- Failure to recommend or offer cancer screening and lab tests
- Improper interpretation of radiological or laboratory tests
- Failure to contact or refer patient to appropriate specialists
- Communication breakdown between doctors and medical staff
With all of the modern diagnostic tools available in medicine, including imaging technology (X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans), blood tests and biopsies, it seems unlikely that cancer can go undetected or misdiagnosed. One problem is many illnesses look alike and present similar symptoms. Lab technicians analyzing tissue may also wrongly identify the type of cancer cell, since cancer cells can look similar to others. X-rays and scans can also be read incorrectly.
Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore reviewed tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the country, and found one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed. As a result, victims of medical malpractice have filed cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits against those responsible for preventable mistakes.
Legal Action: Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuits
Diagnosing cancer has never been the easiest task for even experts. But hospital negligence raises the risk of cancers going untreated or delays in treatment when mistakes are made. In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine reported that most people will receive an incorrect or late diagnosis at least once in their lives. That could mean a premature wrongful death in many cancer cases.
If you or a loved one suffered from a delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits.