Great harm can be caused when a doctor commits negligence which results in a delay in the detection of cancer a patient has. Such delays can give a cancer more time to develop. This can have devastating implications for a patient.
A case has recently arisen involving allegations of a negligent failure to timely diagnose cancer. The case is from West Virginia.
The case involves a woman who received care from a doctor. The woman alleges that, during this care, the doctor committed diagnosis-related negligence. According to the woman, this alleged negligence resulted in melanoma that she had being detected later than it should have been. The woman alleges that the delay in detecting the cancer has led to her facing a reduced life expectancy and other harms.
A lawsuit has been brought against the doctor by the woman in relation to these allegations. The woman is asking for punitive damages and other damages in this lawsuit. One wonders what will happen in this case and how it will be resolved.
As the allegations in this case illustrate, diagnosis-related negligence when it comes to cancer can be extremely impactful. One hopes that all doctors make sure to avoid engaging in such negligence.
If a person has been the victim of a negligent failure to timely diagnose cancer or other diagnosis-related negligence, there are options available to them to seek relief for the harms they have suffered. They may wish to consider speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney about such options.
Source: The West Virginia Record, “Lawsuit: Doctor failed to diagnose cancer quick enough,” John O’Brien, June 26, 2013