I Was Falsely Diagnosed With Cancer — Can I Sue?

December 20, 2017

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All too often you hear stories of patients who have been misdiagnosed as not having cancer when in reality they do. The doctor or medical professional may miss signs or thinks the symptoms are related to something else. It is an all too common occurrence that leads to many cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits.

Along the same lines, there are also many cancer misdiagnosis lawsuits that stem from a different set of circumstances.

These circumstances are when a doctor or medical professional incorrectly diagnoses a patient with having cancer when in reality, they do not have it. This is a particularly unfortunate unfolding of events as these patients end up suffering for literally no reason at all.

They experience the side effects that come with cancer treatment, which can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hair loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

So, how do these errors come to be?

A false positive is a result showing you have cancer, when in fact, you do not. These false negatives tend to happen due to technical error or human error.

Technical errors occur with tests like mammograms because of oversensitive equipment. They detect the tiniest of lesions that are difficult for healthcare workers to interpret and give a reliable opinion on.

Human error is another common reason why false negatives come about. Studies show that those who specialize in looking for a specific type of cancer tend to have accurate findings. It is someone, like a general pathologist for example, who might not know the differences or subtleties of breast or lung cancer and might mistake a condition for cancer when it is not.

It is difficult in the first place to be diagnosed with cancer, but to be misdiagnosed with cancer when you do not have it is a whole other whirlwind of emotions.

If you or loved one experienced pain and suffering due to a cancer misdiagnosis, you have the right to pursue a medical malpractice suit. The first step is to find an experienced attorney ready to handle your misdiagnosis case. The Pittsburgh PA Accident Attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. have plenty of experience in dealing with medical malpractice and can you help get the compensation that you deserve.

Call  412-7661455 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your appointment and begin discussing your legal avenues.                                                                                      

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