As with breast cancer, lung cancer is most easily treated at an early stage. If a doctor delays diagnosis of lung cancer until the disease has reached an advanced stage, he or she may be held liable for medical malpractice. With more than 250 years of combined experience the lawyers of Phillips Law Group, serving Phoenix and Arizona, have the knowledge it takes to successfully fight and win your lung cancer medical malpractice case.
Most patients first realize that something is wrong with their lungs when they experience symptoms such as wheezing, hoarseness, weight loss, coughing up blood, and a persistent cough.
Whether a doctor believes that a patient with these symptoms is at risk or not, it is his or her duty to complete a full spectrum of diagnostic tests. Failure to do so may mean that the lung cancer is not diagnosed until it is too advanced to treat effectively; this failure to diagnose can usually be construed as medical malpractice.
Diagnostic techniques have become better in recent years thanks to advances in medical imaging technology. Whereas in the past, doctors had to rely on old fashioned x-rays to view the lungs, today’s medical facilities offer an array of imaging equipment that can provide a more detailed, clear view of the lung’s contents. These may include computed tomography (CT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Unfortunately, the high-tech nature of the machines means that the likelihood of medical malpractice is higher. If a technician misuses the machine, or if the doctor misreads the results, the lung cancer may not be detected properly. Due to the detailed knowledge needed to properly operate this equipment, the medical malpractice lawyers of Phillips Law Group confer with the finest medical experts in and around Phoenix, Arizona to ensure that your case is given every available advantage.
In addition to misreading test results, it is possible for a doctor to misinterpret lung cancer symptoms entirely. If you tell your doctor that you have a persistent cough and excessive sputum, he or she may misdiagnose you as having a respiratory infection, emphysema, or other chronic lung disease. Every passing day that lapses before a proper lung cancer diagnosis reduces your chances of a successful recovery.
In order to determine whether your case qualifies as medical malpractice, the lawyers of Phillips Law Group will need to obtain your medical records from the Phoenix, Arizona hospital where your treatment was given. To prove that your doctor behaved negligently, we will need to show that the doctor breached his duty to provide you with reasonable care by failing to diagnose and treat your lung cancer in a timely fashion. In addition, we will have to connect your advanced cancer to the mistakes made by your doctor.
If you suspect that your doctor misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose your lung cancer, your next step should be to contact medical malpractice lawyers with solid experience in fighting and winning failure to diagnose cases. The Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Phillips Law Group has successfully handled a broad spectrum of medical malpractice and failure to diagnose cases, including many resulting from lung cancer misdiagnosis. To schedule your free consultation, contact our medical malpractice lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona, today. It’s not too late to get the compensation you deserve.
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona and think your lung cancer was worsened by medical malpractice, contact the lawyers of Phillips Law Group.