Failure to Diagnose Cancer
Arizona medical malpractice lawyers understand the complexities of medicine and law that apply to failure to diagnose cases. We also have the resources to stand toe-to-toe with the largest healthcare corporations and insurance companies.
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Medical Malpractice Claims for Failure to Diagnose
If properly and timely diagnosed, most forms of cancer have a high recovery rate. The prognosis worsens the longer the cancer progresses without medical intervention. Early detection is critical to survival rate and allows less-invasive treatment options.
Advances in medicine allow doctors to detect cancers at very early stages. In spite of these technologies, some doctors dismiss reported complaints or do not order appropriate tests necessary for early detection. Because any delay can be costly, a medical professional who fails to diagnose cancer leaves the patient at risk of a bad outcome.
The majority of medical malpractice claims allege that a doctor fell below the standard of care by failing to diagnose a serious medical condition. The most common diseases that are not diagnosed are breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma and lung cancer. Failure to diagnose these conditions in a timely manner often results in death.
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help If a Doctor Failed to Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition
We understand the special complexities of medicine and law that apply to medical malpractice cases. We also have the resources to stand toe-to-toe with the largest healthcare providers and insurance companies.
Please call or email us for a confidential, no-obligation consultation about your medical malpractice matter. Our experienced staff of medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you now, regardless of where you live.
Put our more than 45 years of legal experience on your side. Please contact us for a free, confidential consultation about your potential medical malpractice claim. We would like to help you.
Do I have a Viable Medical Malpractice Claim if My Doctor Failed to Diagnose Cancer?
The first step in a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose is proving that the doctor fell below the standard of care with respect to the treatment. This can occur when a doctor fails to order appropriate tests or misinterprets the results, resulting in a missed diagnosis.
A failure to diagnose on its own, however, does not give rise to a medical malpractice claim. The patient must prove the delay in providing a proper diagnosis negatively impacted the outcome. When the condition results in the death of the patient, this is demonstrated by evidence that the patient likely would have survived but for the misdiagnosis or lost the chance of treating the disease. In other cases, harm can be proven by a prognosis that is worse than what would have occurred if the cancer was diagnosed timely.
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Please call or e-mail us for a confidential, no-obligation consultation about your medical malpractice matter. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help you now, wherever you live. Put our more than 50 years of legal experience on your side. We would like to help you.
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In the context of all medical services delivered in Arizona, serious medical errors are relatively uncommon. But, when they occur, the consequences can be devastating—emotionally and financially—to those affected. Our medical malpractice lawyers have helped victims to receive everything they deserve for their losses.
Our Law Firm's History
O'Steen & Harrison, PLC originally was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1974. This innovative law firm, which described itself as a "legal clinic," was dedicated to providing affordable legal services to people who traditionally had little or no access to lawyers. Since then, our injury lawyers have helped thousands of individuals and families protect their legal rights.