Having cancer can involve a long and scary fight. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in medical treatments and technology, cancer patients have a greater chance now of survival than ever before. Timing, however, is still a crucial and critical factor. The earlier someone’s cancer is detected, the better chances of them recovering. An early diagnosis, in fact, can be the difference between life and death. This is why it is crucial that doctors do not misdiagnose or ignore the symptoms of cancer; otherwise, they may be held liable for all of the damages that they cause in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In November of 2007, a local woman was sent to the emergency room after there was concern that she had a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. The hospital’s radiologist performed a CT scan and determined that the woman did not have a pulmonary embolism. But, unfortunately, he failed to detect the nine-centimeter lobe on the woman’s liver.
Over the next several years, the woman felt stomach pains and bloating and started experienced rapid weight loss. The woman’s primary care physician ordered a CT scan in August of 2010, which clearly showed a large twelve by twenty-one centimeters lobe on her liver. The tumor was too large to remove surgically, and chemotherapy treatments ultimately failed. The woman died in January of 2012. She was only thirty-seven-years-old and is survived by her two children. The woman’s family’s attorney, Suzanne McDonough, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, alleging that it should have identified the woman’s tumor in her 2007 CT scan. This, it was argued, would have given her a much greater chance of survival and more treatment options.
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