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Is It True? Could My Cancer Have Been Misdiagnosed?

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July 6, 2017 | Medical Malpractice |

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When you set foot into a hospital, the last thing you should have to think about is whether you should be able to trust your physician’s diagnosis or not. However, medical diagnostic errors do happen; there’s no way around it. Though there is a slight margin for machine error when making a diagnosis, there is also the possibility of medical malpractice.

In cases like these, you may be entitled to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What is Medical Malpractice?

When your physician strays from medical procedure standards and causes harm to you or a loved one, it is considered medical malpractice. This is said to occur when improper, unskilled, or careless treatment is performed by your doctor. There is the possibility that your physician maliciously diagnoses you with a fatal illness and knowingly gives you treatment you don’t need; however, it is not very likely. More likely, a fault occurred somewhere in the diagnosis process that wasn’t completely accurate.

Learn more about how to tell if you have a case of medical malpractice and what the staff at WKW can do for you.

A Brief Timeline of a Cancer Diagnosis

Step 1: Something Isn’t Right

You are having unusual symptoms and consult with your doctor. If they become suspicious of cancer, they will begin to ask you about your family’s medical history and potentially order lab tests or scans to get more information.

Step 2: The Lab

Your physician will make the decision to send a few different samples to a lab to see if there is any irregularity occurring in your body. Medical experts have unofficial checklists of what may correlate to cancer. The keyword here is “may”.

Step 3: Time to Take a Selfie

This step goes hand in hand with the second. In the previous step, your doctor was looking for blood-related cancer. In this step, they are looking for a tumor in your body using a variety of medical imaging tools. Some of the most common imaging procedures are:

  • CT Scan
  • Nuclear Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Pet Scan
  • X-Rays

Step 4: The Biopsy

In most cases, a doctor will make the decision to have a biopsy done on the part of your body that is in question – they will take a sample of tissue and send it to a pathologist to take another look. Here is where it may get tricky. Pathologists are not always an expert on the type of cancer they are looking at under their microscope.

Wait, My Pathologist Isn’t the Expert?

Not always. More times than not, a pathologist will be somebody who has never seen the patient in person and may specialize in a different type of cancer. If they are in a high-pressure situation and see something that looks remotely cancerous, they must decide and call it as they see it. Their diagnosis potentially has the power to completely alter the course of treatment.

Cost of a Cancer Misdiagnosis

In addition to the emotional toll a misdiagnosis can have on you and your family, you may incur thousands of dollars in medical tests and procedures trying to determine whether you will have to endure the rigorous treatments necessary to battle a cancer you may not even have.

Contact A Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Indianapolis

If you are living in the Indianapolis area and believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you are not alone. You have access to a competent, trustworthy, and ethical team of attorneys that will help you every step of the way.

Contact Wilson, Kehoe & Winingham, LLC. at 317-920-6400 for a free case evaluation and the opportunity for life-long support, today.

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