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Misdiagnosis of Cancer

Medical malpractice takes many forms. The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates have seen a variety of medical malpractice cases, some more egregious than others. The most disturbing medical mistake is the one that could have been avoided with a little extra time, care, and attention. Failing to diagnosis cancer, for whatever reason, is a common type of medical malpractice in the Chicago medical community.

While we fully understand the rigorous schedules doctors are forced to keep, and we admire choosing such an admirable profession, we must hold those accountable who cause harm to others. By misdiagnosing cancer, you are shortening someone’s life.

Some of the most oft-misdiagnosed cancers are:

  • Brain cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Bladder cancer

Cancer misdiagnosis can be attributed to:

  • A non-cancerous (or benign) tumor is identified as malignant (cancerous)
  • A cancerous lesion is missed in the biopsy procedure
  • A malignant mass is diagnosed as benign
  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing
  • A malignant tumor is misclassified as to type or misgraded as to aggressiveness
  • Specimens are mishandled by pathology, or improperly read or interpreted
  • Failure to follow up with a patient if cancer should have been suspected
  • Failure to adequately screen for increased risk patients
  • Failure to understand or notice the nature of a patient’s complaints

If you have suffered medical malpractice in the Chicago area, please contact our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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