1. What can lead to the misdiagnosis of cancer?
A medical professional might fail to comprehend the importance of a patient’s complaints, fail to refer the patient to a specialist in a timely manner, or fail to order the right tests and/or improperly read the results of the tests. All of these can lead to a cancer misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose cancer.
2. What do medical professionals mean by the term “prognosis”?
A prognosis is a prediction of the future course and outcome of a disease for an individual, including the chance for recovery from that disease. It’s basically an educated guess as to the outcome of a disease for the individual patient. With cancer, a favorable prognosis means that the patient is expected to do well with treatment. An unfavorable prognosis for a cancer patient means that the disease is expected to be hard to manage or control or may be resistant to treatment.
3. What is the definition of “failure to diagnose”?
“Failure to diagnose” can be a misleading term. It can mean that a health professional did not diagnose a disease such as cancer. But it can also mean that a delayed diagnosis caused treatment to be delayed, increasing the risks to the patient.
4. One technician told me my cancer treatment was too aggressive. How do treatments differ?
Treatment for cancer is often a program of various therapies prescribed by the medical team. The amount, type and frequency of radiation or chemotherapy treatments often vary from patient to patient, based on a number of factors. The type and location of the cancer and stage of the cancer, and the patient’s age and general health are all considerations in the treatment plan.
5. How do I find expert medical witnesses to help me develop my medical malpractice case?
The Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, works with a team of medical experts who can analyze your medical records and other reports to determine whether you were a victim of medical malpractice and what mistakes were made.
6. Who can I contact with more questions?
Feel free to contact our Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers at your convenience. We’re happy to answer any questions and talk about the details of your case. Call Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates, LLP, at (315) 314-5390 or (877) 713-8573 or contact us via our online contact form for a FREE case review.