Actor Sharon Stone Finds Tumor Following Misdiagnosis
October 31, 2022
Sharon Stone recently announced on social media that she was discovered to have a tumor following an initial misdiagnosis.
Actor Sharon Stone Finds Tumor After Misdiagnosis
Stone announced on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with a large fibroid tumor that required surgery. She stated that she sought a second opinion after she continued to suffer worsening pain following an epidural. Stone stated that she hoped her case would serve as a cautionary tale to others to seek second opinions when suffering from medical issues. In her post, Stone stated, “Ladies in particular: Don’t get blown off…GET A SECOND OPINION…It can save your life.” She also shared a screenshot of a blog post titled “Women More Likely Than Men to Suffer Misdiagnosis, According to Studies.” Stone stated that she will need several weeks of recovery but is expected to have a clean bill of health.
Common Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cancer misdiagnosis is an unfortunately common occurrence. Many types of cancers can be hard to detect, especially in the early stages of the disease, without thorough diagnostic testing. Some of the most frequent causes of misdiagnosis of cancer include:
- Inadequate patient history and physical examination
- Discounting patient symptoms and complaints
- Failure to include cancer in the differential diagnosis
- Failure to conduct cancer testing, including blood work or radiology scans
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic testing results
- Failure to consult with specialists such as oncologists
- Failure to follow up with patients to determine if they continue to experience symptoms after treatment
- Lack of communication between members of a patient care team
Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer can have serious negative consequences for a patient. If caught at an early stage, most types of cancer can be effectively treated and patients can live for years or even decades-cancer free. However, a delay in diagnosing cancer means the disease continues to advance, eventually metastasizing and spreading to other parts of the body. More advanced stages of cancer are difficult to treat, with many patients having poor prognoses and limited life expectancies.
How an Attorney Can Help
If you have suffered a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to recover compensation for expenses and losses you’ve suffered due to the delay, including for:
- Costs of more intensive treatment required for advanced-stage cancer
- Loss of income from additional time you need to take off work for more intensive treatment
- Loss of earning capacity and employment benefits if you cannot work due to the stage of your cancer or due to the medical treatment you receive
- Physical pain and emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life caused by medical treatment or by reduced life expectancy
Proving a cancer misdiagnosis case is rarely easy. An attorney can help you seek financial recovery from negligent healthcare providers by:
- Investigating the circumstances of your medical care, including obtaining your medical records, provider notes, staffing records, or witness statements
- Bringing in medical experts to explain how your providers’ care fell below the accepted standards of care and resulted in you suffering harm
- Documenting your financial expenses and personal losses
- Identifying liable parties and filing claims for compensation, handling settlement negotiations on your behalf or advocating your case in court or at trial
Contact A Medical Malpractice Attorney for a Consultation About Your Cancer Misdiagnosis Case in Pennsylvania
Were you or a loved one injured due to cancer misdiagnosis in Pennsylvania? Then you need to talk to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible for guidance on how to proceed. The Pittsburgh cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. are prepared to assist you with your legal claim. We represent victims of negligent surgeons, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western PA counties. Call us today at (412) 766-1455 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Our main office is located at 3634 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Home visits can be arranged in certain situations.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.