Failure to Diagnose Liver Cancer
Liver cancer affects thousands of people every year, and the mortality rate is often very high. Liver cancer symptoms are often mistaken for less serious conditions. But when doctors fail to properly diagnose liver cancer in a timely manner, patients can be left to suffer painful or even fatal setbacks.
Liver cancer exists in two forms, metastatic and primary. Metastatic liver cancer starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the liver. Primary liver cancer originates in the liver and is more curable of the two if diagnosed early.
The following are symptoms of liver cancer:
– Ascites: A build up of fluids that results in swelling of the abdomen.
When warning signs of liver cancer are present, doctors should order abdominal CT scans, MRIs, liver biopsies and other tests. When there is a failure to diagnose, the liver cancer can develop past the point that is treatable.
– Jaundice: Occurs when the liver does not function properly and does not properly expel toxins from the body. Signs of jaundice include yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes.
When There is a Failure to Diagnose Cervical Cancer
Medical errors can delay the diagnosis of cervical cancer, as well as ovarian and uterine cancer. Most pap smears are read by cytotechnologists in the laboratory rather than by your doctor. According to the U.S. Preventive Task Force: “… many women who are tested receive inaccurate results due to interpretative or reporting errors by cytopathology laboratories or specimen collection errors by clinicians. The failure of some physicians to provide adequate follow-up for abnormal pap smears is another source of delay in the management of cervical dysplasia…” Page 111, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition (1996)
We Can Help
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we are well versed on the particular circumstances unique to failure to diagnose Cervical Cancer. The important piece for you to remember is that you—as a patient or representative of a loved one—are entitled to a very specific standard of care by your physician and related medical personnel.
We urge you to consult with us as soon as you suspect you have been subject to medical malpractice. We don’t expect you to come to us knowing all the answers—that’s our job. We are continually educating ourselves and keeping up to date with the most current legal changes and news so that we may better serve your needs. Our malpractice attorneys have the experience, expertise and breadth of knowledge to pursue failure to diagnose cancer cases of merit.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble is one of the most-established and best-known medical malpractice law firms in New Jersey. The initial consultation is free, confidential, and you are under no obligation. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817