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Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed Cancer

Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed Cancer

South Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers Protect Patients Suffering Because of Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed Cancer

When you suffer from advanced cancer because a doctor failed to diagnose it early enough, we are there for you

Cancer is caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially the way in which they grow and divide. Successful elimination of cancer depends on its early diagnosis and treatment before it can spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) by way of blood or lymphatic vessels.

Cancer misdiagnosis cases are among the most complex there are, and you’ll want a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney who can handle the pressure. McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC is well-known throughout the state and the country for its successful track record in complex litigation, and for our willingness to keep on fighting for our clients. Your goals are our goals, and we don’t let up until we know that your future and your safety is secure.

Cancer misdiagnosis is more common than you may think

When a patient exhibits visible signs and symptoms of cancer but a medical professional fails to diagnose it, a critical window of opportunity can be missed in which treatment is most effective. A missed or late diagnosis can result in extensive complications, physical suffering, and even death. The American Cancer Society estimates that a delay of even three months in a cancer diagnosis will almost certainly result in a need for more aggressive and expensive forms of treatment and a higher risk of mortality. Patients exposed to this kind of danger as a result of medical malpractice may be able to recover compensation.

Because cancer can involve any organ or tissue, it often presents with symptoms that suggest other diseases. For example, symptoms that may appear to be those of a benign brain tumor may actually be those of lung cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Small, irregular, and discolored skin growths that appear as moles may actually be melanoma. Doctors must be careful to test for cancer as well as for the more obvious disorders. Then too, testing may not be totally reliable because of:

  • Preconceptions. A doctor may have a preconceived notion of who can be afflicted (such as “men do not get breast cancer”), and fail to order an appropriate test.
  • Mistakes in the lab. Errors such as lost tissue samples or confusing one patient’s biopsy with another’s are not unusual.
  • Misinterpreted test results. Doctors rely heavily on outside specialists for testing and interpretation. A consulting pathologist may misinterpret a tissue sample, or a consulting radiologist may misread an x-ray and report that cancer is absent when, in fact, it is present.

The South Carolina medical malpractice lawyers at McGowan, Hood and Felder, LLC, believe that no one should have to suffer needlessly because a licensed professional misdiagnosed, or failed to identify, a cancerous condition. If you are now bearing up under the rigors of advanced cancer therapy because negligent misdiagnosis caused delay or withholding of care and treatment, we can bring our expertise to bear on obtaining fair and just compensation for you or your family.

Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first

If you were injured, or a loved one died because of a hospital’s or medical professional’s failure to recognize or accurately diagnose cancer, let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. At McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, our hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience advocating for people when medical professionals fail to perform to acceptable standards of care. We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Your medical malpractice case matters to us.

Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device.  We proudly serve people throughout South Carolina from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.