According to the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,455,611 new cancer cases were diagnosed nationwide in 2007. In the same year, there were 562,867 cancer deaths nationwide. In Georgia, there were 40,336 new cancer diagnoses, and 14,983 cancer deaths, in 2007.
Though there are various types of cancers, all have the potential to cause death. Breast cancer, colon cancer, gynecologic cancers, blood cancers, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and the most common type, skin cancer, cause thousands of deaths yearly. Even with the various standard and alternative treatment options for cancer, a person’s survival is dependent on a timely and correct diagnosis. But, unfortunately, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer is one of the most common types of medical malpractice in Georgia and across the nation. If diagnosis and treatment comes too late, the cancer victim may endure much pain and suffering before they, inevitably, are killed by the disease.
Medical malpractice involving the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer in Georgia may take on many forms, including: failing to order the appropriate tests, misinterpreting tests, relying on inconclusive tests without administering others, diagnosing a non-cancerous condition as a cancer, disregarding patient concerns of pain, and/or failing to communicate with the patient. A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer can have both life-threatening and life-altering affects for the patient and his or her family.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of delayed cancer diagnosis in Georgia, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses and damages you and your family have suffered. Our experienced Atlanta delayed cancer diagnosis attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help you hold at-fault healthcare professionals accountable for their malpractice so that you may move on with your life. Contact one of our lawyers today for a consultation at 866-249-5513.