Many Oregon residents have a high incidence of risk factors for various types of cancer. Therefore, they rely on their physicians to keep them healthy by monitoring them for warning signs. Other doctors may neglect to obtain an accurate family history and would not know to be looking for the warning signs. A failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner could be the difference between life and death for a patient.
If an opportunity to make an early diagnosis of cancer is missed, the cancer may spread and require more invasive treatments than would have otherwise been required. In some cases, even with treatment, it is too late to save a person's life. If an inappropriate course of treatment is established, the patient can suffer the same fate.
Numerous circumstances can lead to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis. A lack of staff, overworked doctors or a failure to understand the standard of care could be the issue. It is imperative that doctors listen to their patients and address their concerns appropriately. Without doing so, potentially lifesaving tests may not be performed in time, if at all.
Regardless of the reason for your doctor's negligence, the failure to diagnose cancer can have devastating consequences for you and your family. A medical malpractice claim could result in an award of damages from an Oregon court, which could provide the funds needed for current and future treatments. If you lose a loved one due to a doctor's negligence, you could receive an award of damages to help you pay the last medical expenses of the loved one you lost, along with other damages that are incurred after death.