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A common mistake made in the medical field is the misdiagnosis of diseases and when it comes to dangerous diseases such as cancer, the need for a good cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Washington, DC is unfortunately on the rise.
If you or someone close to you was given the scary and disturbing news of having cancer, this alone is enough to turn a person’s life unpleasantly upside down. If you have a “good” doctor who got you into a treatment for cancer such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or another intense treatment regimen, it is horrific to think that you were subjected to these potentially harmful and dangerous treatments, albeit they are often the best and only option for certain diagnoses. If this has happened to you, your “good” doctor did a very bad and negligent thing and should be liable for harming you.
Misdiagnosed and Failure to Diagnose Cancer – Attorney Services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
If you’ve been diagnosed and treated for cancer only to find out that you were misdiagnosed and improperly treated, or if you find out that you have cancer but it’s too late to treat it, you should seek advice from an attorney that handles cases of misdiagnosed cancer right away. Each year approximately 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer, and thousands of those people are misdiagnosed. Cancer misdiagnosis can mean that you are diagnosed with one type of cancer when you actually have a different type. Misdiagnosis can also include failure to diagnose, meaning you are told that the symptoms you are experiencing are the result of a disease other than cancer, when it actually is cancer. In the worst of cases, a misdiagnosis can mean you are told you have cancer when you actually do not. If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, contact the personal injury lawyers Washington DC have come to trust right away.
There are many different types of cancer that people can be diagnosed with. The most common forms of cancer that are misdiagnosed are lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, rectal cancer and brain cancer. Each of these cancers is treated differently, and misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose in time, can result in life-long damages. For example, misdiagnosed breast cancer can result in an unnecessary mastectomy, which can leave permanent scars and require major plastic surgery to fix; misdiagnosed prostate or ovarian cancer can lead to an irreversible inability to reproduce; misdiagnosed lung, colon, or rectal cancer can lead to vital organs being removed for no reason, misdiagnosed melanoma can result in unnecessary and permanent scarring; and misdiagnosed brain cancer can lead to permanent and unalterable brain damage. For all of these cancers, failure to correctly diagnose the proper type of cancer can be fatal.
If you have had the awful experience of being told that you had cancer when you did not and were treated for it, this is grossly unfair for you and your family to have suffered through this. If you were told that you had one kind of cancer when you actually have another kind or other serious health issue and were not treated for your actual problems and/or underwent treatment for a misdiagnosis, a Washington, DC cancer misdiagnosis lawyer may be able to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.
Treatment for cancer is often both extremely expensive and extremely invasive. Chemotherapy can cause anemia, fatigue, hair loss, increased chance of bruising, bleeding or infection, fevers, loss of breath, severe nausea and vomiting, mental cloudiness, nerve and muscle damage and kidney problems. Radiation therapy has many of the same side effects as chemotherapy, and can also cause irritated and blistered skin that can leave permanent scars. Surgery is another common cancer treatment that can cause permanent scarring or disfigurement, as well as any other side effects associated with surgery. Each of these side effects can be extremely painful and can cause lasting emotional and physical damage, but the hope of cure can be a shining light at the end of the tunnel.
It is bad enough that you have endured physical pain and suffering, and may now be living with new health problems because of your cancer misdiagnosis but you should not have to suffer financially as well. A Washington, DC cancer misdiagnosis lawyer may be able to get you and your family the compensation you deserve and are entitled to. Even if you have health insurance that has paid for some or all of your medical expenses, it should not be your health insurance that had to do this. It should be the doctor and/or hospital that performed your unnecessary treatments that pays for them plus for your suffering, pain, and other expenses related to your misdiagnosis such as loss of income.
There are many types of cancer and no two cases present in exactly the same way, but the success of treatment generally depends on how early the disease is diagnosed and how quickly treatment begins. When cancer is misdiagnosed, the treatment provided might be the incorrect treatment for the correct type of cancer and can result in a more difficult course of treatment for the patient. The delay in proper treatment can cause a treatable cancer to metastasize and become untreatable. In the worst of cases, treatment can be provided for no reason at all.
At Cohen & Cohen P.C. we represent individuals and families whose loved ones have been misdiagnosed. We understand how serious these cases are, and bring all our passion and experience to fight for the victims to recover for the added medical expenses, pain, shock, and anguish associated with misdiagnosed cancer or the failure to diagnose cancer. If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed with cancer in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia, call and speak to a lawyer at our firm as soon as you can. The sooner you discuss your situation with a personal injury lawyer in Washington, DC or its surrounding arease that is experienced with successfully defending the rights of misdiagnosed cancer patients and their families, the sooner they may be able to start protecting you.
Loss of a Family Member to Misdiagnosed Cancer
No one should ever have to experience the loss of a family member because of a hospital or doctors negligence. When something like this happens, the grief can be overwhelming, even debilitatingly so. Not only have you witnessed someone you love and care about suffering, you are likely still dealing with the financial hardships their diagnosis created. You may have medical bills, lost a source of income, lost health and/or retirement benefits, expenses related to your loved one’s death such as funeral and burial costs. You may be suffering emotionally from losing your spouse or a child or a parent. A good lawyer may be able to shoulder the legal side of getting you the compensation you deserve so that you and your family can focus on healing and trying to adjust to life without your loved one.
For a highly rated cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Washington, DC, contact Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a free case evaluation with no obligations.