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Cancer Misdiagnosis

Jackson Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer

Failure to Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer

Diagnostic errors, including misdiagnosis, are the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States. Cancer misdiagnosis, specifically, is one of the three most commonly misdiagnosed medical conditions, along with misdiagnosed cardiovascular events and infections. Collectively known as the “big three,” these conditions comprise nearly 75% of all misdiagnosis-related serious injuries and harm (including death) in the U.S.

If you believe that you or your loved one suffered due to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Jackson cancer misdiagnosis attorneys represent victims and their families in seeking the justice they deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients and have earned a reputation as one of Mississippi’s leading personal injury law firms.

Contact us online or by phone at (601) 265-6869 today to request a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.

Types of Cancer Misdiagnoses

Studies have shown that doctors, oncologists, specialists, and other medical providers frequently misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a wide range of cancers.

Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers include:

  • Lymphoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer (melanoma)
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

Any type of cancer can be misdiagnosed, but those that exhibit similar symptoms to other illnesses and medical conditions have the highest risk of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and failed diagnosis.

Additionally, there are several types of diagnostic mistakes that can occur when diagnosing various types of cancer. These include:

  • Misdiagnosis: This occurs when the treating physician or medical provider fails to recognize symptoms of cancer and, instead, diagnoses the patient with another illness or condition.
  • Delayed Diagnosis: This occurs when the medical provider improperly or negligently delays the patient’s cancer diagnosis, typically by failing to order the appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Missed Diagnosis: When a medical provider negligently fails to ever diagnose a patient’s cancer, this is known as “missed diagnosis” or “failure to diagnose.”
  • Failure to Identify Complications: This occurs when the medical provider provides an accurate diagnosis but fails to recognize various conditions that may exacerbate the illness.
  • Failure to Diagnose Related and Unrelated Diseases: In some cases, a medical provider may correctly diagnose cancer but fail to diagnose related or even unrelated illnesses.

Errors in diagnosing cancer can lead to delayed treatment or, worse, no treatment at all. For patients, the implications are immense. Many suffer significant, permanent harm and life-threatening complications. Still others die as a result of medical providers’ negligence.

At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Jackson cancer misdiagnosis attorneys believe that no one should have to suffer the consequences of a trusted healthcare provider’s negligence on their own. We fight for justice for victims of cancer misdiagnosis and their families, working to hold those responsible accountable for the harm and devastation they have caused.

How Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Happen?

There are many reasons why a doctor or specialist may miss cancer when diagnosing a patient. Some of these reasons are the result of negligence, while others are simply unavoidable.

Cancer misdiagnosis can often be attributed to:

  • Failure to recognize cancer symptoms
  • Failure to account for patient’s medical/health history
  • Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests
  • Misreading/misanalysis of diagnostic tests or lab reports
  • Mistaking cancer symptoms for signs of another illness or health condition
  • Ruling out cancer due to a patient’s age or other factors
  • Inexperience/lack of general cancer knowledge
  • Improper diagnostic/testing procedures
  • Faulty or defective medical equipment, including laboratory and diagnostic devices
  • Pathology department negligence and/or lack of adequate resources
  • Poor communication between providers
  • Inaccurate or incomplete medical records

Healthcare providers are not held to a standard of perfection; rather, they are held to what is known as an “accepted standard of care.” This means that they are expected to do everything/refrain from doing anything that another qualified healthcare provider would do/would not do in the same or similar circumstances. Conduct that falls short of this typically constitutes malpractice.

How Can an Attorney at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP Help?

As with most illnesses, a fast and accurate cancer diagnosis is critical. Misdiagnosis, failed diagnosis, and delayed diagnosis can all lead to delayed treatment or failure to treat, which can be fatal.

At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we understand the immense impact cancer misdiagnosis has on individuals, families, and our country. We believe that negligent medical professionals should be held accountable when their preventable mistakes cause significant harm. Our Jackson cancer misdiagnosis attorneys are prepared to stand up for you and your rights, even if that means taking your case to trial.

Our firm will handle every legal detail—from gathering the appropriate supporting evidence to submitting all necessary paperwork to negotiating with the hospital and/or its insurance company. We can help you prepare for the legal process, including litigation, all while allowing you to focus on getting the care you need.

We have extensive experience in medical malpractice litigation and are known for our aggressive and assertive approach. When it comes to helping our clients navigate the legal system, we are committed to being the compassionate counselors and guides they need. Our team is always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We provide consistent communication and will keep you updated on the status of your case throughout the legal process. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you hire our firm; instead, we only recover legal fees if we win your case.

To schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation, call (601) 265-6869 or reach us online using our simple and secure contact form.

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