If you are exhibiting symptoms of lung cancer, and a doctor does not look into it further, diagnosing you with another illness, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Common symptoms of lung cancer include coughing that doesn’t go away, chest pain, shortness of breath, and weight loss with no known cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These symptoms can be mistaken as signs of other illnesses, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis.
If you or a family member is suffering from lung cancer and a physician diagnosed you with another sickness, causing your lung cancer to get worse as you did not receive proper treatment for it, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 217-6099 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team. An Aurora failure to diagnose lung cancer lawyer could build a strong case on your behalf, seeking justice and compensation you are entitled to as a victim of medical malpractice.
Overview of Medical Malpractice
According to Medical News Today, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to appropriately treat a patient, does not take action when they should, or gives substandard treatment, resulting in a patient’s injury or death.
When a health care professional commits medical malpractice, it is possible to recover a financial award for the numerous damages one endures because of it. Types of medical malpractice besides failure to diagnose include misdiagnosis, premature discharge, leaving objects inside one’s body, and operating on the wrong part of the body.
In Illinois, you have four years from when medical malpractice injuries occurred to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to 735 ILCS §5/13-212. This may seem like a long time, but it can take a while to build a powerful case. The sooner you reach out for legal help, the sooner you may be able to recover compensation to ease the financial burden you are facing.
Detecting Lung Cancer
When you have a high risk of lung cancer and are experiencing symptoms of the disease, a doctor should recommend taking screening tests, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, among other tests to detect lung cancer.
The Mayo Clinic states that “the goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when it’s more likely to be cured. By the time lung cancer signs and symptoms develop, the cancer is usually too advanced for curative treatment. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer.”
X-rays are typically the first exam a doctor would perform to spot any masses on the lungs. When important tests are not conducted to find out whether or not you have lung cancer at an earlier stage, the cancer will likely be discovered when it has significantly advanced, costing you more money and making it less likely to treat successfully. This is devastating for a patient and their families. Had the lung cancer been detected early on, they would have received treatment and would likely be in a better place with the cancer, possibly recovering from it.
Doctors can follow the standards of care expected of them and still make mistakes, so a failure to diagnose lung cancer does not automatically constitute medical malpractice. In order to use a doctor’s failure to diagnose you with lung cancer as a basis for a medical malpractice claim, it must be proven the medical professional breached the standard of care they owe a patient. A doctor may have neglected to do any testing for lung cancer or administered the wrong tests.
The failure to diagnose you with lung cancer must have worsened your condition due to the lack of testing for it for there to be a valid medical malpractice claim. Seeking legal help from an Aurora failure to diagnose lung cancer lawyer could be beneficial as they can determine whether you have a case against a physician and/or hospital and take it from there while you focus on your health.
If you are ready to explore legal recourse with an attorney, give Pintas & Mullins Law Firm a call today to schedule a free consultation.
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Legal Support in a Medical Malpractice Case
A lawyer can obtain evidence that shows your lung cancer worsened due to the lack of important testing and could bring in a medical expert witness to determine where the negligence occurred. You may be compensated for medication expenses, disability, pain and suffering, and more. If a loved one lost their life due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose lung cancer, your family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
We can identify the parties liable for your extensive harm and fight to hold them accountable for their wrongdoing. You or a loved one have suffered enough and should not have to pay out of pocket for expenses that are the result of someone else’s actions or inaction. An Aurora failure to diagnose lung cancer lawyer can protect your rights.
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