Failure to diagnose cancer
Any delay or failure in the diagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences for the person involved. At Maurice Blackburn we have successfully represented people who have been impacted by a failure to diagnose cancer, or a delay in their diagnosis. Our highly experienced medical negligence lawyers can explain your options and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
In addition to hospitals and doctors, medical professionals such as nurses, assistants, laboratory testing personnel, and employing companies and entities may also be held legally responsible for medical negligence in a case of failure to diagnose cancer.
If you your doctor failed to properly diagnose your cancer our expert medical negligence attorneys can help to clarify your situation and assist you in understanding your legal options.
Maurice Blackburn are Australia’s leading medical malpractice law firm. Talk to us today to discuss how we can assist you. We have lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.
Did your doctor fail to diagnose your cancer?
Failure to diagnose cancer occurs when the treating medical professionals completely fail to identify and diagnose a patient’s cancer. Often, the patient does not discover the cancer until it is observed by another doctor or cancer specialist. Patients may only receive a proper diagnosis in advanced stages due to the onset of severe symptoms. In severe cases, patient death may occur before a cancer diagnosis is made.
Was there a delay in your diagnosis of cancer?
Delayed cancer diagnosis occurs when the medical professional fails to recognise signs of cancer when they are first presented. A delayed cancer diagnosis results in delayed treatment, which can have fatal result for patients. Due to the aggressive nature and rapid growth of some types of cancer, delayed cancer diagnosis can ultimately lead to the patient’s unnecessary death.
If the diagnosis of your cancer was delayed then you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.
Types of cancer misdiagnosis
Cancer misdiagnosis often involves incidents where a medical professional incorrectly diagnoses cancer, fails to properly diagnose cancer, or provides a delayed diagnosis. Each of these scenarios can result in the delay or absence of critical cancer treatment. Often, cancer misdiagnosis patients miss a crucial timeframe during which cancer treatment is most effective. As a result, the patient’s prognosis and outcome may be poorer than if the proper treatment were provided in a timely manner.