The survival of cancer patients in Oregon and across the country is almost always dependant on a correct and timely diagnosis. The diagnosis is usually the initial part of treating cancer, so any error during this stage can snowball into big problems in the later stages of treatment. A man in another state has filed a lawsuit against a surgeon after an alleged cancer misdiagnosis left the man permanently injured.
The man claims he was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery to remove the cancer. During surgery, it was allegedly found that the cancer was more widespread than originally thought. The lawsuit says that the man's renal system was damaged in the surgery and cancer still remained after his surgery. According to the lawsuit, the renal damage resulted in a kidney infection, which prevented the plaintiff from receiving radiation treatment necessary for the remaining cancer.
The man claims he later had to undergo another surgery with a different surgeon to correct the errors from the first surgery. The plaintiff accuses the surgeon of negligence by failing to diagnosis his cancer adequately, failing to prevent renal damage and also failing to consult with oncologists and radiologists regarding treatment, among other accusations. The plaintiff seeks $7 million in total damages.
When it comes to diseases like cancer, the correct diagnosis is absolutely crucial for the survival and health of the patient. Tragically, a cancer misdiagnosis often leads to permanent injury and even death. Families in Oregon who have been affected by negligence such as this can benefit by seeking the services of an attorney. A successful lawsuit could provide rightful compensation to help families through this traumatic experience.
Source: heraldandnews.com, "Patient sues surgeon for malpractice", Stephen Floyd, April 18, 2018