Failure to Diagnose Lymphoma

New Jersey Lymphoma Misdiagnosis Lawyer

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Lymphoma is the term used to describe a group of cancers of the lymphatic system.

It can affect lymph nodes in all parts of the body. Although lymphoma is a disease of the lymphatic system, it can also happen in other areas of the body, for example, lymphoma can affect the stomach, the skin, or the liver.

A large number of medical malpractice lawsuits stem from the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition, illness, or injury.

When a doctor’s diagnosis error leads to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all, a patient’s condition can be made much worse, and they may even die. That being said, a mistake in diagnosis by itself is not enough to sustain a medical malpractice lawsuit.

It’s widely recognized that early diagnosis of many types of cancer can lead to much more effective treatment and lower mortality rates. Doctors have to be aware of the possibility of cancer, taking into account your family history and environmental and lifestyle factors, when they examine you in relation to a wide variety of symptoms.

Can Lymphoma Be Misdiagnosed?

Medical negligence claims involving cancer often involve one of the following factors:

  • Failure to diagnose – This can be due to your doctor either missing or misinterpreting your symptoms or misinterpreting test results.
  • Delay in diagnosis – This can be caused by delayed referrals to specialists, delays in carrying out a biopsy or failure to act quickly enough in reaction to test results, as well as many other factors.
  • Misdiagnosis – some patients are diagnosed as having cancer when they do not. This can lead to having to endure difficult and painful treatments, such as chemotherapy, unnecessarily.

The law does not hold doctors legally responsible for all diagnostic errors. Instead, patients usually must prove three things in order to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit based on a wrong diagnosis:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed.
  • The doctor was negligent — that is, did not provide treatment in a reasonably skillful and competent manner.
  • The doctor’s negligence caused actual injury to the patient.

Most medical malpractice cases hinge on either the second or third element (or both) — was the doctor negligent and did that negligence harm the patient?

Can I Be Compensated For a Lymphoma Misdiagnosis?

You can claim compensation for the following things if they are a result of your injury:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical and nursing care costs
  • Special equipment needed to carry out daily activities and any costs involved in adapting your home

If you’ve suffered as a result of misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose Lymphoma, and someone has been negligent, you may be able to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

Contact an attorney at the law office of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for a free no obligation consultation. You can contact us online or call 1-908-251-9368 or 1-800-586-5817.

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