The misdiagnosing of cancers by medical professionals in South Carolina is common. The reason for this problem is that many cancers are complex, or they can mimic other conditions. If you or a loved one are misdiagnosed, do you have a case of medical malpractice?
Dealing with a cancer misdiagnosis
Discovering that you have cancer is traumatizing to begin with, but when you also find out that you have been misdiagnosed, the situation becomes even worse. You may feel even more so if your cancer has reached an advanced stage, and your treatment options are few. To prove medical malpractice, you must prove that your medical team was negligent and made mistakes during the diagnosis process.
If you are unsure about your initial diagnosis, get a second opinion, especially if you believe your doctor is underestimating your situation. Following your gut instincts is anecdotal, but it can work to your advantage to obtain proper medical diagnoses. What is essential with serious medical concerns, such as cancer diagnoses, is to be thorough. Ask a lot of questions, and tell your doctor all your symptoms, even the minor ones. Keep records of all your medical care, and continue seeking additional medical opinions, especially if the ones you already have significantly differ.
What if I was treated for cancer I don’t have?
Misdiagnosis goes the other way too. You may discover that you have gone through painful treatments only to discover that you don’t have cancer at all. Such instances are also a form of medical malpractice, especially if the treatments leave you debilitated and unable to work.
Whenever cancer or another serious disease is suspected, due diligence is essential. When doctors and health care professionals don’t exhaust all their diagnosis options, a medical malpractice suit may be in order.