Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Cancer Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis Lawyers in Maryland
Doctors must pay careful attention to patients’ reported complaints of achy joints, chest pains, unusual tiredness and other unusual changes in the way they feel. However, many healthcare professionals do not — they could be pressed for time, or they could believe the patient’s symptoms are simply normal aches and pains that stem from aging — and such inattention can have disastrous consequences for individuals with cancer. A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis of cancer can result in missed opportunities for treatment before the cancer spreads to other organs or systems. For some, such errors are deadly.
Our Maryland medical malpractice lawyers know that learning your cancer was misdiagnosed or not diagnosed as early as it could have been exacerbates an already traumatic experience. We are here to help you seek damages from those who should have been taking a more proactive role in the accurate diagnosis of conditions such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, or mesothelioma.
LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. takes prompt action in medical malpractice claims involving the misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner. We set out to prove that the healthcare provider’s failure to diagnose your condition not only fell below the standard level of care expected from doctors, but that, in doing so, they actually made you sicker. Our goal is to hold doctors and other healthcare providers responsible for not accurately diagnosing your cancer while maximizing the compensation you receive.
We also file wrongful death lawsuits for families who have lost a loved one due to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer.
How a Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis Occurs
“When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras” is a common saying in the medical community regarding how to diagnose a medical condition. It means that doctors should look at the symptoms of someone’s illness and see if the patient is suffering from a common condition as opposed to a rarer one. While this approach works in many cases, it can be dangerous for cancer patients — symptoms of cancer can be completely overlooked or attributed to less serious conditions. Being satisfied with the results of simple tests instead of delving deeper by requesting further blood work and other tests can result in a failure to promptly diagnose your cancer.
Other factors that result in the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer are:
- A failure to order necessary tests
- A failure to promptly schedule or follow up on patients displaying signs of cancer
- A failure to recognize complaints of mild pains as potential signs for a serious condition
- A lack of clear communication between different doctors or medical offices
- Inconclusive test results
- The failure to correctly classify and test a malignant tumor
- The misclassification of a malignant mass
- The misinterpretation of test results or scans
Contact LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton For a Complimentary Consultation Regarding Your Baltimore Cancer Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis Claim
LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. is dedicated to protecting your rights in cancer misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis lawsuits. Contact our Maryland medical malpractice lawyers online, come into our Baltimore office or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) to discuss your case with a member of our highly qualified team. We keep flexible office hours and are available by phone 24 hours a day for emergencies.
Our offices are conveniently located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, and we represent medical malpractice victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.