Misdiagnosis l Failure to Diagnose Attorneys in Cleveland, Ohio
Many illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease (pdf) and breast cancer (pdf), can be detected early. Proper treatment can save or prolong a person’s life. As Bloomberg writer Virginia Postrel noted on August 18, 2013, “New drugs, not early detection, account for at least two-thirds of the reduction in breast-cancer mortality.”
When symptoms are overlooked or dismissed as something else, however, the consequences can be devastating. For instance, a woman whose breast cancer is detected at stage 0 has a 93 percent five-year survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society. If it goes undetected, however, that percentage begins to drop. The difference between diagnosis at stage I and diagnosis at stage IV amounts to a decrease of 73 percent.
Although nearly 250,000 breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year (230,480 cases in 2011, per breastcancer.org), doctors sometimes fail to diagnose symptoms, which leads to delayed treatment, prolonged suffering, and, in some cases, death.
Patients may sue for medical malpractice when, for example, breast cancer misdiagnosis is traced to:
- errors in radiology, mammography, or biopsy lab results due to misinterpretations or unmitigated equipment malfunctions;
- inability or failure to recognize symptoms, which can include confusing cancer symptoms with those of another condition, injury, or illness; and
- failure to follow up or perform medically necessary tests, such as when a doctor decides not to order a biopsy on a palpable mass after receiving a negative mammogram result.
If your treatment was delayed in a way that negatively and quantifiably impacted your prognosis, request our free guide to filing medical malpractice claims in Cleveland, Ohio. Or contact our attorneys for a free consultation.
Failure-to-Diagnose Cases Can Take Many Forms
In 2004, a Health Grades study revealed that failure to treat a patient’s condition was the most common patient safety incident. Years earlier, in 1997, the National Patient Safety Foundation conducted its own study, which revealed that failure to treat a patient’s condition accounted for 40 percent of the 42 percent of participants who’d reported a medical mistake. A recent BMJ Quality & Safety study estimated that doctors misdiagnose cancer 28 percent of the time.
In the last thirty years, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt have helped northeast Ohioans who have been harmed by the following misdiagnoses:
- colorectal cancer (pdf);
- endometrial cancer (pdf);
- melanoma or squamous skin cell cancer (pdf);
- leukemia (pdf);
- failure to recognize blood infections;
- heart attack (pdf);
- meningitis (pdf);
- kidney failure (pdf);
- pneumonia confused with bronchitis (pdf) or other ailments;
- gangrene in diabetics.
Why You Should Call Us Before Speaking with Another Misdiagnosis Lawyer in Cleveland
Attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface to make sure nothing is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases. Our firm’s success results from a dedication to our clients and a commitment to protecting the rights of those who have been injured by others’ negligence. Our client testimonials are a testament to this commitment.
We combine specialized medical knowledge, exceptional trial skills, and superior negotiating talent to obtain full and fair compensation for clients and to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. In the last three decades, we have established a network of resources to help analyze cases and make sure our clients get full compensation for their injuries. We have also written the book on medical malpractice. Request your free copy here.
By limiting the number of cases we accept, Mellino Robenalt is able to give all medical malpractice cases the unique attention they deserve. We pride ourselves on relentlessly advocating for those who have been injured due to medical malpractice.
If we accept your case, we will sit down with you, review all the facts, and help you understand your legal options. You can count on us to help you every step of the way, from your initial visit to the conclusion of your case. Contact us today for a free consultation or call 440-333-3800.