Denver Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
A Top Legal Team to Help When a Missed Diagnosis Changes Your Life
Early detection is vitally important to the successful treatment of cancer.
That’s why a misdiagnosis - or a delayed diagnosis - is so deadly. In the United States, an estimated 12 million adults who seek medical care are misdiagnosed every year. In half those cases, the misdiagnosis has the potential to do real harm - especially when cancer is involved.
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we know how difficult a cancer misdiagnosis is to handle. The victim and his or her family must deal with physical pain, emotional pain, and astronomical medical expenses to correct something that should have been dealt with in the first place. We can help. Our attorneys have won record-breaking verdicts for clients, and we have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to law and medicine. For a confidential consultation at no charge, please call us at (877) 433-3906.
What Is a Misdiagnosis?
A misdiagnosis is when your doctor concludes that something is wrong with you - but that is not what is actually wrong with you. For example, a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a patient’s chest pain as indigestion, but it was a heart attack.
A failure to diagnose (also called a missed diagnosis) is when your doctor completely misses or dismisses your symptoms and tells you that you’re fine, but you’re not.
And a delayed diagnosis is when a detectible illness is only caught after significant time has passed, although it could have been diagnosed from the very beginning with proper care. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association placed the incidence rate of failed, delayed, and misdiagnoses between 10% and 20% in the United States.
Doctors usually miss cancer by:
- Not ordering further diagnostic tests
- Delaying follow-up after an abnormal result
- Not referring the patient to a specialist
- Making a mistake in reading the patient’s test
- Making a technical error in conducting the test
- Assuming another possible diagnosis without confirming
When a healthcare provider fails to do his or her job to reasonable, professional standards, and a person is harmed as a result, that person has a valid claim of medical malpractice against the healthcare provider. Doctors, clinicians, radiologists, and pathologists all work together to diagnose illnesses, and any one of them or several could be held responsible when a cancer diagnosis is missed or delayed.
Cancers That Are Commonly Misdiagnosed
Cancer-related diseases account for the largest group of misdiagnoses in the United States: over 20% of the total. In truth, many additional cancer misdiagnoses are unnoticed and unrecorded, because few hospitals require autopsies when patients pass away.
From our experience, these are the most common cancers that go undiagnosed:
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Lymphoma (Lymphatic Cancer)
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we have handled hundreds of misdiagnosis and cancer cases. We work as a team, providing unparalleled service to our clients. Our top-rated trial attorneys have strong backgrounds in medicine, to the extent that they lecture fellow lawyers in different aspects of medical malpractice cases.
If you suspect an error led to your cancer going undiagnosed, please contact us as soon as possible. Each state has time limits for filing a medical malpractice claim called statutes of limitations. The sooner we can look at your medical records and start our investigation, the more evidence we should be able to collect to help your legal case. If your loved one passed away from cancer that was missed or delayed, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim, and we can also help with that.
Attorneys with the Experience You Need
At Leventhal & Puga, P.C., we’re not just attorneys. We, too, are American citizens who are fed up with this broken healthcare system. That’s why we dedicate so much of our practice to fighting against the wrongs done to vulnerable patients. We make no apologies for holding medical providers to a high standard, because they deal in life and death. To us, patients come first.
With our unique blend of compassion, expertise, and innovation, Leventhal & Puga, P.C., has settled many claims successfully for past clients. If you believe that a medical provider missed an important cancer diagnosis, please call (877) 433-3906. There is no charge for your initial consultation. If we can help you, we front all costs necessary to take your claim to trial, if needed. You will only owe us if we are successful in getting you a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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- How Cancer Is Diagnosed - National Cancer Institute
- Understanding Your Diagnosis - American Cancer Society