Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys represent cancer patients and their families for the misdiagnosis of cancer.  These medical mistakes cause catastrophic and often deadly harm to the patient.  Many times, the disease was treatable with a promising result if the doctor provided proper care and ordered required medical tests.

Common Types of Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuits

Failure to diagnose cancer lawsuits are for all cancer types, including:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Oral & Tongue Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Sarcomas
  • Other cancerous tumors

Common Examples of Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawsuits

Medical mistakes that lead to a misdiagnosis of cancer include:

  • Failing to perform or order simple and routine tests, such as blood test and radiology studies
  • Misreading biopsies, ultrasounds, and other studies
  • Failing to properly document the results of a test, such changes indicative of breast cancer after a mammogram
  • Unreasonably delaying the ordering of tests and starting treatment
  • Not communicating abnormal lab tests to the patient or primary doctor
  • Choosing not to quickly refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation

Often, a patient and family are initially relieved to learn there was no cancer found on a study or biopsy.  They only later learn there was medical negligence for misdiagnosing the condition.  When a diagnosis was finally made, the disease had progressed and medical treatment could no longer contain the cancer.

Filing a Failure to Diagnose Cancer Lawsuit

To win a cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit, it must be proven that:

  • The medical provider was negligent for failing to diagnose or delaying the diagnosis of cancer;
  • A timely diagnosis of cancer could have been initiated sooner treatment for the patient;
  • If treatment had been started earlier, the outcome of the disease process would have been better.

A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer alone does not guarantee a successful lawsuit.  You must prove that proper treatment would have changed the medical prognosis of the patient.  With certain aggressive cancers, the outcome may have been the same even with earlier treatment.

Our law firm will get the medical records, radiology studies, and pathology slides.  We will have them reviewed by the top oncologists in the United States.  If these physicians determine there was medical negligence and the outcome would have been better with prompt treatment, we will file a lawsuit for you.

Types of Compensation in Malpractice Lawsuits

There are several types of compensation allowed for patients and their family members.  Settlements provide compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, lost wages, and medical expenses for the patient.

In cases involving death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.  These often result in substantial settlements for the family.  Damages include the pain and suffering of the decedent before death, the loss of income and services, and  payment of medical and funeral expenses.

Time Deadlines for Filing Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Michigan is generally two years from the date of malpractice.  There are only a few exceptions to this deadline.  These include if the malpractice was only discovered after the two year period or in cases involving the death of a patient.

It is essential that you contact our attorneys immediately to avoid missing this unforgiving deadline.

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