Although there are well-defined symptoms that can indicate the presence of lung cancer, medical providers often fail to identify, monitor or treat these symptoms properly or thoroughly — even when the patient has a family history of cancer or is in a high-risk group.
In effect, this type of medical negligence can reduce a patient's five-year survival rate for lung cancer from as high as 70 percent (when an early diagnosis is made) to practically zero if the disease is allowed to progress to its advanced stages of cancer.
One of Connecticut's most respected personal injury law firms, Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, protects the rights and interests of clients who have suffered harm through misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma. Our firm holds the AV Preeminent* rating under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review process, and we are ready to put our experience, skill and resources to work toward finding answers to your medical and legal questions.
Proving Liability in Cases of Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis
As in other medical malpractice cases, proof of negligence against a primary care physician or radiologist in a lung cancer case depends on your attorney's ability to work effectively with medical experts who can provide informed opinions on the following questions: Did a medical professional make a mistake in diagnosis that represents a departure from an applicable standard of care? Did the patient suffer harm as a result of the error? Not every medical mistake represents actionable malpractice, because of the difficulty of demonstrating the causal link between the mistake and the death or disability.
When delayed diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma results in death or disability, the initial medical inquiry focuses on the performance of the primary care physician and the radiologist. Signs of negligence include:
- Failure to consider risk factors such as smoking, family history or environmental exposure in screening or testing for lung cancer
- Failure to consider occupational risks in shipbuilding, building rehabilitation, mining, asbestos removal or power plant maintenance in screening for mesothelioma
- Failure to order additional lab tests such as histological analysis or serum calcium readings when lung cancer can neither be confirmed nor eliminated
- Failure to notice a lesion on a chest x-ray
- Failure to follow up on an abnormality noted on an x-ray
- Radiologist's failure to clearly or accurately report noted findings to the primary care physician
Working closely with the medical experts whose opinions and testimonies will be essential to prove your claim, our lawyers know how to develop and present the evidence that supports your claim of liability against a negligent physician. We also know how to document and demonstrate the ways in which your life and the lives of those around you have been impacted by a delayed diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Bridgeport Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis Attorneys: Call 866-554-1709
If you suspect that you or a member of your family has been harmed by a doctor's misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose lung cancer or mesothelioma in Connecticut, our lawyers can help you understand your rights and legal options. For additional information about your potential claim, contact Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, in Stamford or Bridgeport.
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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