Wrongful diagnosis of cancer
Wrongful diagnosis of cancer can have devastating outcomes for patients and their families. Maurice Blackburn lawyers represent people who have experienced a wrongful diagnosis of cancer, including a delay or failure in diagnosis.
What is wrongful diagnosis?
Wrongful diagnosis can occur when non-cancerous medical conditions are wrongly diagnosed as cancer. Cancer misdiagnosis also occurs when cancer patients do not receive a proper and timely cancer diagnosis. In these cases, the patient may experience incorrect diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or a complete failure to diagnose the cancer.
Incorrect cancer diagnosis occurs when a diagnosis of cancer is given to a patient without cancer, or when a diagnosis for a different condition is given to a cancer patient. In both cases, the patient’s current cancer status is misinterpreted. This can result in the patient missing a critical treatment window for cancer, or in the patient undergoing unnecessary cancer treatment.
If your cancer was wrongfully diagnosed you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Maurice Blackburn can help you understand and fight for your legal rights.
Are you dealing with a wrongful or incorrect diagnosis of cancer?
Medical negligence claims can involve a misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer, but it’s not enough to show that a delayed cancer diagnosis and treatment was negligent. Proof that loss or injury has resulted from this delay or failure is also needed. For example, if the delay was relatively short, bringing a negligence claim may not be possible if it can’t be shown that this delay has resulted in a worse outcome, such as reduced life expectancy, or that it has made less invasive treatment impossible.
How does wrongful diagnosis occur?
Commonly misdiagnosed cancers include breast, colorectal, lung, and pancreatic cancer, among others. Data indicates that these cancers are often wrongly diagnosed due to the fact that they are also among the most common types of cancer. Misdiagnosis of these cancers also occurs due to the similarity of cancer symptoms to the symptoms of other, non-cancerous conditions.
If you have been injured because of a wrongful diagnosis of cancer, contact us today for more information about how we can help you. We have lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.