Dallas Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney
Get Legal Help If You've Suffered Due to a Cancer Misdiagnosis
We trust our health to medical professionals. We do it with the faith that they are honest, well-trained, and competent in their job. When a medical professional violates this trust, either intentionally or through negligence, legal action may be necessary. It’s important to know your rights and options in such a situation.
To find out more, contact an experienced Dallas misdiagnosis lawyer. The attorneys at The Law Office of WT Johnson have been representing medical malpractice victims since 1987. We've successfully recovered over $ 93,000,000 for our clients.
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Cancer is an ever present problem in the United States. The disease, particularly lung cancer, is a major cause for illness and death in this country. Billions of dollars are spent each year trying to prevent and/or treat it. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 1.7 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in the year 2013. It's also estimated that 500,000 to 600,000 Americans die from cancer each year. That equals about 1,500 deaths per day.
In spite of all the attention cancer gets for research funding, a lot about the causes and treatment for cancer is still unknown. Most researchers agree that a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle elements play a role in developing cancer.
Because of the potential for fatality and lack of treatments for cancer, physicians have realized the best chance for success against the disease is to discover it early. The result is an emphasis on cancer-screening procedures like biopsies and mammograms. An unfortunate result of these early screening practices is the rising rate of cancer misdiagnoses.
It’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of cancer diagnoses are actually misdiagnoses. Some studies have placed the number as high as 28 percent. Cancer misdiagnoses are particularly troubling because they can lead to unneeded surgical procedures, incorrect medication, improper treatment methods, or can cause other medical conditions to go unrecognized and untreated.
Types of Misdiagnoses
There are many ways that medical professionals and physicians can make diagnostic errors. These may include:
- Wrongful diagnosis or misdiagnosis: When a physician diagnosis you with an illness you don’t have, or diagnoses you for the wrong illness.
- Missed diagnosis: When a physician gives you a clean bill of health, but you actually do have an illness or condition.
- Delayed diagnosis: When the physician eventually makes the right diagnosis, but after a significant delay. This is one of the more prevalent forms of diagnostic error.
- Failure to recognize potential complications: When the physician made an accurate diagnosis of your condition, but failed to recognize complications that can make your illness worse or cause another illness.
- Failure to diagnose related diseases: When the physician correctly identifies your illness, but fails to identify another condition that often accompanies the identified illness.
- Failure to recognize unrelated diseases: When the physician identifies one disease correctly, but fails to identify another, unrelated, illness.
Cancer misdiagnoses can sometimes result in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Speak with our Dallas Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Medical malpractice litigation is complex and highly regulated by individual states. To succeed with a lawsuit, you need the guidance of a Dallas medical malpractice lawyer.
The attorneys at The Law Office of WT Johnson have successfully represented thousands of Texas clients over the years. We've won them significant damages.
Call us immediately at (800) 738-4046 to discuss your situation.
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If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don't hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We're ready to help you, and won't rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.