Watch the video below to learn how to prove a cancer misdiagnosis claim for commonly misdiagnosed types of cancer.
Hey, Bill Hinnant here, physician-attorney for Lawmd.com. Great to be with you this afternoon. We’re here to talk a little bit about misdiagnosis and how misdiagnosis can impact you as a patient, the treatment you receive, and how it might impact you long-term if a misdiagnosis occurs and you suffer from damages such as unexpected medical expenses, lost work, or some element of permanent disability from commonly misdiagnosed types of cancer.
Proving a cancer misdiagnosis, in the case of either a benign or a malignant disease entity, can be of significance, it can change your life. Benign entities can be misdiagnosed and malignancies cancers can be misdiagnosed.
Sometimes commonly misdiagnosed types of cancers are not diagnosed when they should have been. It may be that so simple atypia or some abnormality in the cellular anatomy is called as benign when it should be malignant. This can be seen in cases of prostate cancer, cases of cervical cancer, certain cases of breast cancer, etc., and in the context where these errors occur, usually, there’s a problem with the pathology. That is the examination of a biopsy under the microscope where the tissue is examined, in many cases by a qualified individual who simply fails to make the diagnosis of cancer when it’s actually present and maybe instead feels that this is not a cancer, but just some atypical abnormalities in the cells and how they look under the microscope.
Maybe dysplasia as opposed to metaplasia or just a cellular abnormality versus a change in the cell that may be malignant. So again, these are cases we’re looking at biopsies are critical to determine the exact treatment, and again, if you don’t receive the appropriate surgery, radiation, therapy, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy, you’re not going to respond as would be expected.
Treatments in today’s world generally are effective in the case of malignancies, but if you’re given the treatment in a case where what’s being treated is not actually what you have, you won’t be appropriately treated, you won’t respond appropriately, and your life could potentially be in danger.
So again, if you think you’re the victim of a misdiagnosis, let us know here at LawMD. Our professionals are trained in both healthcare medicine as well as law. We can look at these cases individually and make a decision with your input, and a review of the medical records as to whether you might be entitled to compensation. I also should mention that misdiagnosis can occur in the case of benign entities.
I had a case once where a case of neuromyelitis opticans, which is very similar clinically in some cases to Multiple Sclerosis, was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, and the patient was then treated for Multiple Sclerosis for 10 years, but never really got better. There were huge amounts of money that was spent on treating Multiple Sclerosis, which the patient never had. Finally, a second opinion was sought after 10 years of treatment that was largely ineffective, and the correct diagnosis was made using a very simple blood test that by that time was widely available. By that time, I should mention that the patient had lost her ability to walk, she was in a wheelchair, she was completely incontinent of urine, and also had fecal incontinence. So her life was complicated by some horrible problems. But when the correct diagnosis was made and she was given what was supposed to be the correct treatment to start with, she immediately improved. She was able to leave her wheelchair, she was able to control her urinary and bowel function, she was able to get a life back after 10 years of incorrect treatment that should have never been given.
If you feel that you’ve been in any of these scenarios, perhaps misdiagnosed as a result mistreated, not really effectively responding as you should have been over a prolonged period, it may be worth giving us a call at LawMD.com. We’d be delighted to help you. Thank you and do again, let us know if you feel that you’ve been a victim of any of these scenarios.