Orlando Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
As the second leading cause of death in the United States, cancer can have a devastating impact on an entire family. As bad as an accurate cancer diagnosis can be, however, a misdiagnosis can be worse. When a doctor fails to diagnose cancer, a patient misses out on the opportunity to begin potentially life-saving treatment during the early stages of the disease. Conversely, when a physician mistakenly diagnoses a patient with cancer, that patient may go through painful and debilitating treatment unnecessarily. At Bailey Fisher, we understand the psychological trauma, physical pain, and financial stress that often result from a cancer misdiagnosis which is why we are committed to advocating for the rights of cancer misdiagnosis victims and their families.
What Is a Cancer Misdiagnosis?
When you seek medical advice or treatment from any healthcare provider you are entrusting your physical and mental health to that provider. When that advice and treatment involves the possibility of a cancer diagnosis, you are literally trusting the doctor with your life. Unfortunately, doctors do make mistakes that can lead to a cancer misdiagnosis. One type of cancer misdiagnosis involves a physician failing to properly diagnosis cancer or making a diagnosis later than it should have been made. In either case, the patient has irretrievably lost time during which aggressive treatment could have cured or substantially lessened the damaging effects of the cancer. The other type of cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a patient who does not have cancer is diagnosed with cancer, leading to psychological trauma and costly medical treatment that the patient did not need.
In some cases, signs and symptoms of cancer don’t appear until the disease has advanced to a stage that makes it effectively uncurable, or the type of cancer involved is so aggressive that earlier diagnosis and treatment would not have changed the patient’s long-term outcome or significantly improved the patient’s quality of life. Even in these cases, the lawyers at Bailey Fisher can help you or your loved ones understand whether earlier diagnosis and medical intervention would have provided a realistic opportunity for prolonging life and can provide advice regarding the viability of legal action.
When Is a Doctor Liable for Misdiagnosing Cancer?
Most of us operate on the assumption that doctors, particularly highly-trained specialists such as an oncologist, could not make a major mistake. In reality, however, doctors do make mistakes. When a mistake amounts to negligence, a victim (or the victim’s family) may be entitled to compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the State of Florida, you must prove four basic elements to establish negligence on the part of a doctor, including:
- That the doctor owed a duty of care to you (or your loved one in the case of a fatal error)
- That the doctor breached that duty of care
- That you suffered damages
- That the doctor’s breach caused, or contributed, to the damages
The duty of care owed to a patient is defined as “that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar health care providers.” In other words, you must prove that under the same circumstances, another equally experienced and trained doctor would not have made the same mistake.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
The cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Bailey Fisher Law have seen first-hand how a cancer misdiagnosis can emotionally, physically, and financially destroy a patient and his or her entire family.
If you experienced a cancer misdiagnosis, or you are a surviving family member of someone who was misdiagnosed with cancer, we are committed to helping you hold the responsible party accountable. We will also zealously pursue your right to compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that misdiagnosis caused you.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando cancer misdiagnosis attorneys will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.