Cancer of the colon or rectum claims approximately 50,000 lives in the United States each year. When diagnosed early enough, the disease is treatable and has a five-year survival rate of more than 90 percent. As with most other types of cancer, however, a delayed diagnosis is often deadly.
There are many reasons why a primary care physician, internist, gastroenterologist or radiologist might have missed the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer soon enough to avoid a death or major surgery. Failure to identify significant symptoms, confusing symptoms with another illness, or failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests can all lead to advancement of the disease, which should have been diagnosed and treated. To learn whether a death or other serious loss in your family could have been avoided through the application of proper diagnostic techniques, contact a lawyer at Wocl Leydon, LLC in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.
Bridgeport Colorectal Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys
Our Connecticut medical malpractice law firm serves clients throughout the state who have been harmed by delayed diagnoses and failures to diagnose colorectal cancer. As an AV Preeminent* litigation firm, we enjoy an outstanding reputation for client service and litigation results, and many of our clients are referred by other attorneys who are familiar with our record of success.
Connecticut law requires that the initial complaint for medical malpractice be supported by the expert opinion of a similar health care provider with credentials comparable to those of the defendants.
If our experts can point to a sequence of poor diagnostic decisions and lost opportunities for effective treatment, our attorneys have an advantage in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Symptoms Of Colorectal Cancer Doctors Sometimes Miss
In colorectal cancer cases, the main problems concern any one or more of the following: failing to spot the symptoms, confusing the symptoms with those of another illness, failing to order appropriate diagnostic tests, misinterpreting test results, failing to follow up properly with the patient, or improper staging of a diagnosed cancer.
Recognized symptoms of colon cancer or cancer of the rectum include:
- A significant change in bowel habits or stool consistency that lasts for more than a few weeks
- Rectal bleeding or bloody stool
- Persistent abdominal pain, gas, cramping or discomfort
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pencil thin stool
We use expert witness testimony, taped depositions, illustrations, anatomical models, photographs and our own knowledge of anatomy and medicine to assist jurors understand complex medical issues, and how doctors and other medical providers have failed our clients. We also use personal “day in the life” videos to show those same jurors exactly what our clients’ lives are like today. All of these efforts are undertaken with one goal in mind: maximizing each individual client’s recovery.
Learn More About Your Legal Options
For additional information about our approach to the investigation, presentation and proof of medical malpractice claims related to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of colorectal cancer in Connecticut, contact the law firm of Wocl Leydon, LLC in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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