All of us know the dangers of cancer. We also understand that early diagnosis and early detection lead to better prognosis with less invasive treatment and much-improved outcomes. Conversely, late detection can result in advanced stage cancer that, though treatable, often has dire medical consequences along with long, difficult treatments, emotional trauma, the risk of recurrence, and uncertain sometimes-fatal outcomes.
A late cancer diagnosis can result from a missed or incorrect diagnosis, which in turn leads to delayed treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the failures of medical care providers that result in delayed treatment and tragic outcomes. These failures include, but are not limited to, the failure to properly review and interpret radiographic images, correlate complaints and clinical findings, perform a complete and thorough physical examination, properly review lab results or screenings, and follow up on patient complaints. Because cancer cells can multiply and spread uncontrollably, even a slight delay in diagnosis can have dramatic consequences for patients.
In Florida, victims of a missed or late diagnosis of cancer are entitled to bring a cause of action for medical negligence against the responsible medical providers. They are entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, disability or physical impairment, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, economic damages, plus an increased risk of cancer recurrence and a decreased chance of survival.
At Freidin Brown, we recently reached a confidential settlement in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a client whose CT scan images were improperly reviewed after she presented with physical complaints. This improper review resulted in a lack of follow up that would have alerted her medical team to the likely presence of cancer and led to timely medical intervention. This failure caused a significant delay in her cancer diagnosis and treatment which, when discovered, was advanced and had a poor prognosis. Using our team of highly trained experts and experienced medical malpractice attorneys, we demonstrated that our client’s cancer should have been diagnosed and would have been curable if it had been. This resulted in a life-changing confidential settlement for our client.
If you, a family member or friend has been diagnosed with cancer and you suspect the diagnosis was missed or untimely due to improper medical treatment, it is important that you contact us immediately so that we may investigate and analyze the case. Usually, Florida medical malpractice cases have a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that a victim must file their claim within two years. Thus, time is of the essence. This consultation is 100% risk-free, and all consultations are completely confidential.