Cancer Malpractice Lawyers - Canada Personal Injury Compensation Claims
Cancer Malpractice Lawyers are frequently instructed to deal with these cases as a result of negligent late diagnosis. Some of the most common types of clinical claims are those associated with failure to properly diagnose cancer at an early stage when effective treatment can often be arranged. It is now possible to prevent, treat or cure many types of this illness and even if a cure is not possible then life can often be extended and the quality of remaining life can be dramatically improved.
Late Diagnosis of Cancer - Medical Malpractice
Cancer is a condition in which a cell inside the body grows unrestricted and has no message to shut off its reproduction. The cell becomes a mass of many cells that turn into a tumor and can travel to many places within the body in the form of metastases. Metastases can grow in many groups of cancer cells that cannot always be treated with surgery alone. Doctors try to detect cancer in its earliest stages so that it does not metastasize. This is the purpose of cancer screening tests, of which there are many. Failure to make early diagnosis resulting in metastasy can give cancer malpractice lawyers the opportunity to take legal action for negligence.
Cancers that are the most common include lung cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Each begins with a single cell that grows out of control and forms a tumor. At some point, it grows rapidly and spreads to other body areas. Colon cancer, for example, grows into polyps that erode into the wall of the colon and eventually metastasize. Screening tests are designed to find polyps that have not yet turned into cancer or have early cancer so they can be removed via a colonoscope.
Doctors also look for early signs of cancer, include weight loss, tiredness and localized pain. In lung cancer, patients will have a cough and sometimes bloody sputum is involved. There can be blood in the stool of patients with early colon cancer. Breast pain can show up as a sign of early breast cancer, although breast cancer might not hurt at all. Early skin cancer can show up as a change in a mole or a minor skin defect or ulcer that does not heal.
It is important to diagnose breast cancer so that only surgery will be necessary to treat the cancer and so metastases do not happen. This means that those who have the early symptoms of cancer need to seek medical care so that, if the symptoms relate to cancer, the cancer can be treated early. Sometimes, doctors do not listen to these early concerns, resulting in a late diagnosis of cancer.
A late diagnosis of cancer results in massive weight loss, fatigue and symptoms related to the cancer, such as having a blocked colon in colon cancer cases or pneumonia in lung cancer cases. There can be urinary tract blockages in prostate cancer cases and ulceration of the breast in breast cancer cases. Metastases are possible in all types of cancer, with the exception of certain skin cancer types.
Metastatic cancer is the worst complication of a late diagnosis of cancer. Prostate cancer can metastasize to other areas in the pelvis or to the bone. Breast cancer metastasizes to the other breast, to lung, bone and liver. Colon cancer spreads to omentum, liver and the lungs. Skin cancer, especially melanoma, spreads to other areas of the skin and to various internal organs. When cancer becomes metastatic, it is difficult to treat and the diagnosis of metastatic disease often means the death of the patient unless chemotherapy can take care of the metastasis. All of these conditions, if due to late diagnosis can give rise to cancer malpractice lawyers taking legal action for compensation.
The late diagnosis of skin cancer means metastases to just about any body area. If the cancer becomes metastatic, only about 5 percent of these people live past five years. On the other hand, if the diagnosis is early enough, there is a 90 to 95 percent chance of survival past the five year mark. This is why any changes in the skin need medical attention and biopsy to see if the lesion is melanoma or not. Lung cancer is able to metastasis to the liver, the other lung and the brain. If lung cancer is metastatic, only about one percent of patients are alive after five years. This is why early diagnosis and screening is so important. Unfortunately for lung cancer, there is no set screening protocol so many patients receive a late diagnosis of lung cancer.
Early stage cancers have a much higher survival rate than late stage diagnosis and the early diagnosis of these conditions can make the difference between the individual surviving their cancer and dying from it. Doctors need to follow protocols for early screening methods so that advanced cancer isn't the result.
Cancer Malpractice Lawyers
If your condition resulted from negligence our cancer malpractice lawyers can help you to exercise your legal rights to obtain compensation. There are many medical mistakes which can lead to malpractice and a delay in diagnosis may deprive patients of the chance for a cure, or early treatment to minimise pain and discomfort. Chemotherapy and radiation are designed to kill living cells and the pain and suffering and financial hardship caused as a result of these treatments can be horrendous. Early diagnosis may dramatically improve quality of life and life expectancy and may mean less pain and suffering, less financial hardship and a greater chance of survival.
Our cancer malpractice lawyers will deal with your claim using a contingency fee arrangement which means if you don't succeed in receiving compensation then your lawyers won't get paid. Our specialists will advise in early course whether you have a reasonable claim, and if so, what steps you should take to protect your legal rights. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialise in claiming compensation for personal injury caused as a result of clinical negligence. For free advice without obligation just complete the contact form and a qualified lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim without further obligation.LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7125