Medical malpractice may be the result of a failure to diagnose, a delay in diagnosis, or misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis can occur in many different ways. Failing to ask important questions or to recognize the need to refer the patient to a specialist may lead to a delay, misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. This can cause a disease or illness to worsen and can reduce or eliminate a patient’s chance to survive. Once an illness spreads without proper treatment, the chance for cure or recovery diminishes and the risk of significant harm increases.
Colorectal cancer, more commonly known as colon cancer, is not only one of the most common cancers, it is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed cancers. Further, many of those misdiagnosed with this disease are under the age of 50. Specifically, 82% of individuals surviving colon cancer under the age of 50 had their cancers misdiagnosed. This report stresses the importance for individuals of any age to exercise caution when addressing all colorectal problems.
Doctors may make a wrongful diagnosis in three ways: 1) a misdiagnosis, 2) a delay in diagnosis, and 3) a failure to make any diagnosis. Symptoms of colon cancer such as rectal bleeding, dark stools, and abdominal cramps often mimic those of inflammatory bowel diseases that are typically benign conditions. Thus, a physician may identify what ultimately is a form of colon cancer, as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or even a problem or condition related to hemorrhoids and polyps.
Delayed diagnosis results in a postponement of the start of treatment, which places the patient at risk of failing to receive any medical care during the critical time period in which the cancer may respond favorably to treatment. Patients who believe they are at risk of any form of colorectal cancer must address any symptoms with their doctor in detail so that they may undergo the appropriate diagnostic tests.
If you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of a misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis, or failure to diagnose colon cancer due to medical malpractice, Bonina and Bonina, P.C., has successfully fought for New Yorkers injured by medical errors such as misdiagnosis for over 50 years. Our experienced trial attorneys offer the necessary assistance to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 1-888-MedLaw1 or online so we may help you. The consultation is free. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla espaňol.