Nothing is more heartbreaking than learning that a serious disease, such as a cancer, has been misdiagnosed. For help navigating the legal system and protecting your rights, call Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. today.

According to the National Cancer Institute, in a single year, over 1.5 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States. As one of the most serious and fatal diseases, quick and accurate diagnosis of cancer is critical to a patient’s outcome.

Yet 20 percent of patients with serious conditions are first misdiagnosed, and there are nearly 12 million total misdiagnosis cases per year, according to one study. If you are a victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, our lawyers at the office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. want to help. Reach out to our law firm today to learn more about your rights and how we can assist you.  

The Dangers of Misdiagnosis

The biggest danger associated with a misdiagnosis of cancer is that due to the error, the cancer will go undetected and spread throughout the patient’s body. Because diagnosing and treating cancer early is often associated with the patient’s outcome, an error such as misdiagnosis can have grave consequences for a patient. 

Proving Medical Malpractice

In some cases, misdiagnosis of cancer may be considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to exercise the same degree of care that another professional of similar background and training would when faced with the same circumstance. For example, if the misdiagnosis occurred because your doctor failed to refer you to a specialist or misinterpreted lab data, the question must be asked: Would another doctor of similar training and education have referred the patient to a specialist, or interpreted the lab results correctly? If the answer is “yes,” then malpractice has occurred, and the at-fault healthcare professional can be held liable for the patient’s damages. 

Types of Damages Recoverable in a Medical Malpractice Case

When a patient is a victim of medical malpractice, they may incur medical costs for treatment of a condition that they do not have, medical costs for treatment of their condition once it is properly diagnosed that are more significant than they would have been had the disease not progressed, lost wages and loss of earning capacity due to preventable progression of the disease, and emotional harm, including emotional anguish, suffering, and a diminished quality of life. If the patient can prove that the misdiagnosis was a result of medical malpractice, they can hold the medical provider liable for the full extent of economic and noneconomic damages, including future costs that are expected to be incurred as a result of the misdiagnosis. 

Call Our Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

Learning that you have cancer is a terrible thing, and something that is made even more shocking if the cancer was originally misdiagnosed as another condition. If your cancer was misdiagnosed and you have suffered harm–physically or emotionally–as a result, you deserve compensation. At the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C, our Boston medical malpractice attorneys can represent you in your claim for damages and help you to recover the compensation award you deserve. Call our law firm at (617) 973-9950 or send us a message to request a no-cost consultation today.